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updated: 9/27/2012 6:59 AM

Myanmar praises US decision to ease ban on imports

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  • Cargo ships dock at a jetty in Yangon, Myanmar, Thursday.

      Cargo ships dock at a jetty in Yangon, Myanmar, Thursday.
    Associated Press

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YANGON, Myanmar -- 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.

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