Suu Kyi to arrive India today

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 13, 2012 09:14 hrs

New Delhi, Nov 13 (IBNS) Myanmar's democracy movement leader and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is arriving India Tuesday for a six-day visit, marking a historic visit in regional geo-politics.

Her visit is taking place after decades and two years since the democratic elections were held in Myanmar ending the military rule.

The government in Myanmar is now headed by a somewhat civilian government led by President Thein Sein.

A Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Official Spokesperson earlier informed that Aung San Suu Kyi, who is the Chairperson of the National League of Democracy of Myanmar, would deliver the Nehru Memorial Lecture on the occasion of the birth Anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on Nov 14 .

Aung San Suu Kyi had accepted the invitation from Congress president Sonia Gandhi in her capacity as Chairperson of Nehru Memorial Fund to deliver the Nehru Memorial Lecture when she met the Prime Minister during his visit to Myanmar in May 2012.

"During her visit, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is scheduled to call on the Vice President, Prime Minister, Speaker of the Lok Sabha and External Affairs Minister. She will pay tributes at the Samadhis of Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in New Delhi. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will visit her alma mater, Lady Sri Ram College, where she will interact with the faculty and students and also visit The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in Gurgaon," said the spokesperson.

Besides her engagements in Delhi, she will be travelling to Bangalore where she will visit the Indian Institute of Science and the Infosys Campus. She is also scheduled to tour rural areas in Andhra Pradesh to gain a firsthand impression of the rural development and women's empowerment programmes being undertaken in India.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi spent several years in India during her early days when her mother Daw Khin Yi was Ambassador to India. She also spent some time as a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla in 1987.

"The visit of Aung San Suu Kyi would be part of our ongoing engagement with the democratic and multi-party polity in Myanmar. It would provide opportunity to exchange views on all matters of mutual interest with a view to building upon the positive momentum in India-Myanmar relations," said the MEA.

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