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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is handed an envelope from Myanmar's President Thein Sein as they meet in New York Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. Clinton said Wednesday the U.S. will ease its import ban on Myanmar that had been a key plank of remaining American economic sanctions. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is handed an envelope from Myanmar's President Thein Sein as they meet in New York Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. Clinton said Wednesday the U.S. will ease its import ban on Myanmar that had been a key plank of remaining American economic sanctions. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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(AP) Washington's announcement that it will ease a ban on imports from Myanmar has won praise in the emerging Southeast Asian democracy.


Presidential aide Zaw Htay said Thursday that the U.S. move was the result of efforts by both reformist Myanmar President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced Wednesday that the Obama administration will ease import restrictions implemented against Myanmar's previous repressive military regime. She met Wednesday with Thein Sein on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York.


Aung Win, deputy chairman of the Myanmar Garment Association, said his industry was also happy with the move and expects to benefit from it.


Associated Press
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