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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Meets Queen Elizabeth for Lunch

Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince William greet Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi ahead of a private lunch at Buckingham Palace in London, Britain May 5, 2017. REUTERS/John Stillwell/Pool - RTS15ATS

LONDON, United Kingdom—Burma leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi met Britain’s Queen Elizabeth for lunch on Friday at Buckingham Palace.

Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi—who serves as Burma’s foreign minister while also being de facto head of its civilian government—later met Prince Charles, heir to the throne, and his wife Camilla.

Prince William, Charles’s elder son, attended the queen’s lunch with Daw Aung Suu Kyi, the palace said.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who took power in April 2016 as part of a transition from military rule, has denied ethnic cleansing in the Muslim-majority Arakan State.

Attacks on Burma police border guard posts in October last year by a previously unknown insurgent group ignited the biggest crisis so far for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, with more than 75,000 Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh in the ensuing army crackdown.

Britain’s Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall meet Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at Clarence House in London. (Photo: Reuters)