Suu Kyi Meets Indian PM

India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addresses reporters during a press conference following his meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi in the Sedona Hotel in Rangoon on Tuesday afternoon. (PHOTO: Reuters)

Burma’s pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi met with India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Rangoon on Tuesday shortly ahead of her landmark visit to the World Economic Forum in Bangkok.

Singh is on an official visit to Burma—the first Indian prime minister to do so in 25 years—where he signed a dozen agreements, mostly focused on India’s energy needs and bilateral trade.

Concluding his historic visit to Burma, officially known as Myanmar, Dr Singh held a 45-minute talk with Suu Kyi at the Sedona Hotel in Burma’s former capital, and handed her an invitation from Sonia Gandhi, the chairperson of India’s ruling UPA coalition, to visit the country where she grew up after her father was assassinated.

According to Indian daily The Hindu, Dr. Singh also handed the Burmese opposition leader an invitation to deliver the next Jawaharlal Nehru memorial lecture in India.

Accepting in principle the invite, Suu Kyi reportedly said, “I hope I will be able to take up the invitation not before too long.”

The Hindu reported that Suu Kyi recalled the close association she and her parents had with Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and his family.

“India and Burma have been friends not only because of geographical proximity, but also because of shared values, heritage and fight for independence,” she reportedly said.

The Indian premier paid “rich compliments” to the Nobel Peace Prize winner, saying her “struggle and her determination has inspired millions of people all over the world.”

4 Responses to Suu Kyi Meets Indian PM

  1. The Millions if not billions.

    • Yet can’t stop a single rape by the soldiers of the army her father founded, and stop the land loot which are getting hundreds of times WORSE since she has been free to act.

      Name one Aung San Suu Kyi did in the last year apart from the nauseating international sell-out circus.

  2. I hope that India’s prime minister will see NLD leaders in Yangon so that he will help NLD party for democracy of Burma.

  3. India and Burma has a matter of fact culturally and geographically connected from the days of Burmese kings. Fight for independence in middle of 20th century from colonial power British, so still practicing colonial laws in both countries. New Win nationalized Indian properties never gives back compensation on priciple. India always help Burma from the time of Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India after Indian independence. Suu Kyi knows very well about India and how India is grateful to Burma in connection with Karen rebel of 1947.

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