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US poised to ease Myanmar import ban

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi graces the U.N. Wednesday, but for once the country's reformist president could end up stealing the headlines.

President Thein Sein, the former general who is opening up the country also known as Burma, meets with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton who is likely to announce an easing of an import ban — the key plank of America's remaining economic sanctions.

That follows the Obama administration's resumption of normal diplomatic relations and suspension of a U.S. investment ban in recent months.

Administration and congressional officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the plans, say the import ban is expected to be eased, and an announcement is likely, although not certain, Wednesday.

Suu Kyi will address a high-level U.N. meeting on education.

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