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U.S. President Barack Obama talks to the media during a briefing about Hurricane Matthew with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate (not pictured), Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson (not pictured) and Deputy Homeland Security Advisor Amy Pope (not pictured) at the Oval Office of White House in Washington, U.S., October 7, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday he was lifting sanctions on Myanmar by terminating an emergency order that deemed the policies of the former military government a threat to U.S. national security.

"I have determined that the situation that gave rise to the national emergency ... has been significantly altered by Burma's (Myanmar's) substantial advances to promote democracy, including historic elections in November 2015," Obama said in a letter to congressional leaders announcing the decision.

(Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Editing by Eric Walsh)


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