Modi meets Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar


Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar), Nov 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s opposition leader, in capital Nay Pyi Taw on Wednesday evening. The was his first interaction with the pro-democracy icon in the country during his visit.

Suu Kyi is the leader of the National League for Democracy Party. The meeting was held at the Presidential Suite at Park Royal Hotel in Myanmar where Modi had a series of bilateral meetings with world leaders and participated in the 12th India-ASEAN summit.

After the meeting, spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs Syed Akbaruddin tweeted that the Myanmarese leader told the prime minister that India was her "second home".

"India is my second home - Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to @PMOIndia," Akbaruddin tweeted.

Suu Kyi had visited India in November 2012. She spent several years in India during her early days when her mother Daw Khin Yi was Ambassador to India. She studied at Lady Shriram College in Delhi and also spent some time as a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla in 1987.

There is much debate on whether Suu Kyi to be allowed to contest the 2015 parliamentary elections, which she is barred from due to a provision in the Constitution.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi met with the Prime Ministers of Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, the Sultan of Brunei and  South Korea President Park Geun-hye, who invited Modi to Seoul to enhance cooperation between the two nations, on the sidelines of the 12th ASEAN-India summit.

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