Tue, May 30, 2017 | updated 06:25 PM IST

Obama to consider easing Myanmar sanctions as Aung San Suu Kyi visits

Updated: Sep 14, 2016 09:56 IST      
Obama to consider easing Myanmar sanctions as Aung San Suu Kyi visits

Washington [USA], Sept. 14 (ANI): United States President Barack Obama will today host Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in the Oval Office, where he is likely to ascertain whether the time is right to remove further economic sanction on Myanmar leaders to help boost economic development in the country.

In November last year, when Suu Kyi won Myanmar's landmark election and claimed majority in the Parliament, ending half a century of dominance by the military, Washington removed certain government-run businesses and some banks from the blacklist in an attempt to jump-start trade, reports the CNN.

A latest round of sanctions relief could ease restrictions on Myanmar's military, which still controls important government functions like its borders and armed forces.

It's, however, not clear whether Suu Kyi would support such sanctions relief.

The US is also looking to end restrictions on imports of jade and other precious gems, which could prove a boon to Myanmar's fledgling economy.

US deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes had said last week during Obama's visit to Laos, "I think the biggest thing we can do is help their economy grow by opening up greater trade between Myanmar and the United States and other countries around the world."

"Some of that involves sanctions relief, and we've taken steps to relax the sanctions and to authorize greater activity. It's something that we continue to look at, because the purpose of the sanctions regime was to support a democratic transition, and some of the sanctions even were tied to the treatment of Suu Kyi specifically," he added.(ANI)

Berlin [Germany], May 30 (ANI): India and Germany on Tuesday said that the UN Convention on Law of the Sea must be respected.

Full Story >>

India, Germany reaffirm need for UNSC reform

Updated: May 30, 2017 18:11 IST     

Berlin [Germany], May 30 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday reaffirmed the urgent need for a comprehensive reform of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Full Story >>

Berlin [Germany], May 30 (ANI): Emphasizing their commitment to a stable, united, prosperous, pluralistic and peaceful Afghanistan, India and Germany on Tuesday said that they saw the Heart of Asia-Istanbul process as the key to sustainable peace in Afghanistan.

Full Story >>

Germany welcomes India's accession to MTCR

Updated: May 30, 2017 18:03 IST     

Berlin [Germany], May 30 (ANI): German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday welcomed India's accession to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).

Full Story >>

White House Communications Director Mike Dubke resigns

Updated: May 30, 2017 17:57 IST     

Washington D.C. [United States], May 30 (ANI): White House Communications Director Mike Dubke has resigned from his post, the Washington Post quoted a senior administration official as saying.

Full Story >>

Berlin [Germany], May 30 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chancellor Angela Merkel have decided to strengthen Indo-German counter terrorism cooperation.

Full Story >>

Berlin [Germany], May 30 (ANI): Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday underlined their common concern about the threat and global reach of terrorism and extremism.

Full Story >>

India, Germany sign 12 agreements

Updated: May 30, 2017 17:24 IST     

Berlin [Germany], May 30 (ANI): India and Germany on Tuesday inked twelve memoranda of understanding and agreements following bilateral delegation-level talks presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Full Story >>

Germany sees India as reliable partner: Chancellor Merkel

Updated: May 30, 2017 16:59 IST     

Berlin [Germany], May 30 (ANI): German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday said that her country sees India as a reliable partner.

Full Story >>

24 killed in twin bombing in Baghdad

Updated: May 30, 2017 15:31 IST     

London [U.K.], May 30 (ANI): Twin car bombs in Baghdad killed at least 24 people and injured several dozen in Baghdad on Tuesday.The ISIS has claimed responsibility for the gruesome attack.

Full Story >>

Dhaka to launch Bangabandhu-1 satellite next year

Updated: May 30, 2017 15:18 IST     

Dhaka [Bangladesh], May 30 (ANI) :The Bangabandhu-1 satellite will be commercially launched by June 2018, State Minister for Post and Telecommunications Tarana Halim said on Tuesday.

Full Story >>

Jakarta [Indonesia], May 30 (ANI) :Indonesian Police has named Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader and firebrand cleric Rizieq Shihab a suspect in a pornography case .

Full Story >>

Modi, Merkel hold 4th Indo-German intergovernmental talks

Updated: May 30, 2017 14:39 IST     

Berlin [Germany], May 30 (ANI): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel started the fourth round of the biannual Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC) in Berlin on Tuesday.

Full Story >>

One dead, two injured in Nepal Army cargo plane crash

Updated: May 30, 2017 14:24 IST      By: Binod Prasad Adhikari

Kathmandu [Nepal], May 30 (ANI): A person was killed and two others suffered serious injuries after the Nepal Army's cargo plane crash landed in Bajura district on Tuesday.

Full Story >>

Bodies of Indian climbers retrieved from Mount Everest

Updated: May 30, 2017 14:07 IST     

Kathmandu [Nepal], May30 (ANI): A team of rescuers has successfully retrieved the body of an Indian climber from the 'death zone,' who died on Mount Everest and airlifted it to Kathmandu, along with the bodies of others who perished last year.

Full Story >>

PM Modi accorded ceremonial reception in Berlin

Updated: May 30, 2017 13:57 IST     

Berlin [Germany], May 30 (ANI):Prime Minister Narendra Modi was accorded a ceremonial welcome on Tuesday as he began his two-day official visit to Germany.

Full Story >>

Nepal Army cargo plane crashlands in Bajura

Updated: May 30, 2017 13:41 IST      By: Binod Prasad Adhikari

Kathmandu [Nepal], May 30 (ANI): A cargo plane of the Nepal Army with a call sign NA- 048, crashlanded at the rural airport in Bajura district of Nepal on Tuesday.

Full Story >>

Nepal unveils Rs 1,279 billion budget for 2017-18

Updated: May 30, 2017 13:32 IST     

Kathmandu [Nepal], May30 (ANI): Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara presented the budget for the fiscal year 2017-18 in the Parliament on Monday , which is 22 percent more than that of the current fiscal year.

Full Story >>

Nepal's Phase II local elections rescheduled for June 23

Updated: May 30, 2017 13:00 IST     

Kathmandu [Nepal], May30 (ANI): The Nepal government has postponed the second phase of local level election to June 23 , in a bid to ensure agitating parties' participation in the polls.

Full Story >>

Kabul to host international conference on peace

Updated: May 30, 2017 12:35 IST     

Lahore [Pakistan], May 30 (ANI) :Afghanistan will hold an international conference on peace, security and reconciliation on June 6, which will be attended by nearly 20 countries in the wake of the increased violence unleashed by the Taliban in its annual spring offensive.

Full Story >>