Obama appoints ambassador to Burma, eases investment restrictions
May 17th, 2012
04:25 PM ET

Obama appoints ambassador to Burma, eases investment restrictions

(CNN) – President Obama announced Thursday he is appointing an ambassador to Burma and easing bans on U.S. investments.

The decision comes in the wake of the president’s move last November to provide a U.S. opening in Burma for the first time in decades. In a statement released by the White House, Obama said he was heartened by progress in the country since then.

“Pesident Thein Sein, Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Burma have made significant progress along the path to democracy. The United States has pledged to respond to positive developments in Burma and to clearly demonstrate America's commitment to the future of an extraordinary country, a courageous people, and universal values. That is what we are doing,” Obama said in the statement.

Full statement after the jump:

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POTUS's schedule for Thursday, May 17th, 2012
May 17th, 2012
08:00 AM ET

POTUS's schedule for Thursday, May 17th, 2012

President Obama lays low at the White House today. There's nothing on his public schedule but we can assume that he is preparing behind the scenes for this weekend's diplomatic events of the G8 and NATO summits. We will get to hear from National Security Adviser, Tom Donilon in the daily briefing. He's expected to give a preview of issues surrounding the upcoming summits.

 

10:00AM Pool Call Time

Briefing Schedule

2:00PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon

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