The European Union has eased sanctions on Myanmar's government, with the lifting of a visa ban on some civilian members of the regime.
EU foreign ministers decided Tuesday to lift the ban on its Myanmar counterpart for a year to maintain diplomatic channels.
Foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations had appealed for the lifting of the sanctions.
Myanmar held its first elections in two decades in November. After the elections, democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest.