McConnell, who has spoken at length with ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi over the past few years, has lauded the measures taken by the White House and the State Department to combat the coup, including by imposing sanctions against companies that support the ruling military junta and denounce human rights. abuses.
“I have been in close contact with the Biden administration on Burma, discussing how best to support the opposition to the junta while lifting new targeted sanctions and export licensing bans to hit the leaders of the military coup where it hurts: in the wallet. And I was encouraged by the administration’s swift response, ”McConnell said in a virtual chat hosted by the curator Heritage Foundation.
“Now the junta is listed alongside regimes like those in China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba and Syria, and is subject to the strictest military controls by end users. The United States has accused the junta’s most prominent generals and holdings of additional crushing bans, ”he said.
The praise comes as McConnell and President BidenJoe Biden: American detained in Russia signs COVID-19 deal after refusing vaccine Biden defends lifting of sanctions against Nord Stream Senators fight to save Jan. 6 commission MORE disagree on a number of issues, including infrastructure, the need for a commission to study the January 6 insurgency, and more.
However, McConnell’s position as a longtime defender of democracy in Myanmar, also known as Burma, closely aligns his views with those of Biden’s White House.
The Biden administration has repeatedly criticized the February 1 coup that ousted Suu Kyi and imposed harsh military rule on the country.
More than 4,300 people in Myanmar have been arrested, charged or sentenced, and more than 825 have been killed by the junta since the coup, according to the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners.