World Bank halts payment requests on Myanmar projects made after February 1 coup

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The World Bank has halted payments to projects in Myanmar on withdrawal requests made after a Feb. 1 coup by the country's military, the bank said in a letter to Myanmar's finance ministry seen by Reuters on Thursday.

A World Bank spokesman verified the letter, from World Bank Myanmar country director Mariam Sherman to the Myanmar Ministry of Planning, Finance and Industry, which said that the bank would make payments to Myanmar project suppliers, contractors and consultants for withdrawal applications made prior to that date.

(Reporting by David Lawder and Poppy McPherson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)