The statement says that the party denounces the sanctions against U Aung Thaung because it can destroy the dignity of parliament, parliament committees and lawmakers, can undermine efforts to bring national reconciliation, peace and the rule of law, and can damage the improving bilateral relations between Myanmar and the United States.
The statement was released as US President Barack Obama was visiting Myanmar, during which he met key players including President U Thein Sein, opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other lawmakers.
The statement says the USDP supports the Union Parliament announcement that objects to the sanctions against the MP and denounces the people who were behind the blacklisting bid.
U Htay Oo, the vice chairman of the USDP, preferred not to comment when asked by Mizzima about the party’s statement.
U Aung Thaung served as the Ministry of Industry 1 under the former junta and one of his sons married the former Vice Senior General Maung Aye’s daughter. U Aung Thaung’s sons engage in many business sectors including banking, hotels, oil and natural gas and construction.