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Myanmar's pro-democracy icon Suu Kyi arrives on five-day visit

Posted on Nov 13, 03:36PM | UNI

Myanmar's pro-democracy icon and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi arrived here today on a five-day visit, the first after almost 40 years, to a country where she studied and where her mother served as her country's ambassador.

Ms Suu Kyi has come on an invitation of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi to deliver the Jawaharalal Nehru Memorial lecture here tomorrow.

She had won the Jawaharalal Nehru Award for Peace and International Understanding way back in 1993.

Her visit takes place at a time when India is deepening its engagement with Myanmar in line with its "Look East" policy, and Myanmar regime too is on a path of democratic reform in a bid to end its political and economic isolation of decades.

Ms Suu Kyi would also hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Dr Singh had handed over Ms Gandhi's invitation to her when he had visited Myanmar this May.

During her visit, she will also visit her alma mater Lady Sri Ram college from where she graduated.

The visit is also the first since the Military Junta of Myanmar released the pro-democracy leader after 15 years of house arrest.