Obama signs order to lift US sanctions on Cote d’Ivoire

Obama signs order to lift US sanctions on Cote d’Ivoire

Washington, Sep 15 (IANS) US President Barack Obama signed on Wednesday an executive order that terminates the national emergency declared with respect to Cote d’Ivoire and lifts the economic sanctions on the African country.

Obama determined that Cote d’Ivoire’s political and economic advances represent “significant improvements” since former US President George W. Bush declared the national emergency in 2006, State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said in a statement.

Obama’s action highlights the “great progress” that Cote d’ Ivoire has made since the crisis in 2010-11, Toner said, adding that the United States is “optimistic” about the prospects for lasting peace and inclusive prosperity in the African country.

In a separate statement, Ned Price, spokesperson for the National Security Council, said challenges remain as Cote d’Ivoire continues to “tackle difficult land reform issues and works to ensure that the benefits of economic growth are felt throughout the Ivoirian population.”

US moves to restore Myanmar trade benefits

Washimgton, Sep 15 (IANS) US President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced his intent to restore trade benefits to Myanmar, the White House said.

In a letter to Congress, Obama said he intended to reinstate preferential treatment for Myanmar under the Generalized System of Preferences programme, a preferential tariff system.

The move came as Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi is visiting the US for the first time since her party won a sweeping victory in the general election last year.

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