British Prime Minister David Cameron called for a suspension on the European Union's economic sanctions on Myanmar Friday after his meeting with President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the Associated Press said.
Cameron said during a news conference that he planned that recommend to the European Union this month to suspend the sanctions when the union meets to review its "long-standing trade curbs on the country," according to the Wall Street Journal. But he was not planning to recommend the union to lift its sanctions entirely nor to life a ban on arm sales to Myanmar's military, the Wall Street Journal said.
Aung San Suu Kyi, who was by Cameron's side during the news conference, supported Cameron's "idea of suspension rather than the lifting of sanctions because this would be an acknowledgment of the role of the president and other reformers," according to the Associated Press.
It would still be hard to persuade the EU and the U.S. to permanently lift their sanctions on Myanmar, the Wall Street Journal said. But Cameron said his plan was to help the country to "maintain its shift toward democracy," according to the Wall Street Journal.
Suu Kyi was invited to visit the United Kingdom in June by Cameron, according to the Associated Press. She replied that "I am able to say 'perhaps,' and that's a great progress."