In India after 40 years, Suu Kyi to meet PM, visit her college
PTI | Nov 14, 2012, 10:22AM IST
New Delhi: Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday, met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday.
Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is travelling to India at the invitation of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. She is visiting India after nearly a gap of 40 years.
Suu Kyi told the media that her visit is an attempt to strengthen ties between the two countries.
She will also deliver the Nehru Memorial Lecture on the occasion of Jawaharlal Nahru's birth anniversary.
During her stay, Suu Kyi will visit her alma mater, Lady Sri Ram College, where she will interact with the faculty and students. Suu Kyi studied at the Convent of Jesus and Mary School and graduated from Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi.
Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League of Democracy of Myanmar, is on a six-day visit as part of India's engagement with the multi-party polity in Myanmar. During her stay in India, she will also meet Vice President Hamid Ansari, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid.
A Nobel prize winner, Suu Kyi spent her formative years in India when her mother was the country's ambassador to India and Nepal.
She will visit the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in Gurgaon. 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.
India awarded Suu Kyi the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding in 1992 while she was under house arrest under the military government in Myanmar.
During the Indian prime minister's visit to Myanmar in May, Suu Kyi had spoken of the need for greater exchanges between the people of the two countries.