• U.S. Lifts Ban on Jadeite, Ruby Stones and Jewelry from Myanmar

U.S. Lifts Ban on Jadeite, Ruby Stones and Jewelry from Myanmar

WASHINGTON — President Obama signed an executive order Friday lifting the ban on imports of jadeite and ruby stones and jewelry from Myanmar, as the U.S. further opened its trade ties with the country. Obama also lifted other sanctions and terminated the national emergency order against Myanmar, formerly known as and often referred to as Burma. The steps taken by the administration on Friday followed an announcement made by Obama during the visit of Aung San Suu Kyi, state counsellor for Myanmar and its de facto leader, to the White House last month. Obama cited progress in Myanmar’s move to a democracy from a former military junta. “I have determined that the situation that gave rise to the national emergency with respect to Burma has been significantly altered by Burma’s substantial advances to promote democracy, including historic elections in November 2015 that resulted in the former opposition party, the National League for Democracy, winning a majority of seats in the national parliament and the formation of a democratically elected, civilian-led government; the release of many political prisoners, and greater enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of expression and freedom of association and peaceful assembly,” Obama said in a letter to the

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