December 17, 2016

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State Counsellor meets with House of Commons Speaker

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi holds talks with the Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon John Bercow MP. Photo: MNA
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi holds talks with the Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon John Bercow MP. Photo: MNA

STATE  Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi held talks with the Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon John Bercow MP at the Palace of Westminster in London yesterday.
At the meeting, they cordially discussed the Myanmar government’s efforts for peace and national reconciliation in Myanmar and the Rakhine State issue.
Also present at the meeting were Minister of State for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin, Myanmar Ambassador to Britain U Kyaw Swa Min and other officials.
Following the meeting, the State Counsellor visited the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) at 10 45 am local time, where she met the Commander of Joint Forces Command General Sir Christopher Deverell and Sir Tom Phillips, Commandant of RCDS.
During the visit, she also met with British and international students and Myanmar scholars Col Aung Myint Oo from the Ministry of Defence and U Moe Zaw Oo from the Myanmar Peace Commission, who are studying there.
In the afternoon, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was feted at a luncheon hosted by Britain’s Foreign Secretary Mr Boris Johnson.
At the luncheon, they exchanged views on ways for promoting bilateral relations, opportunities for further investment by the Britain in Myanmar and promoting bilateral cooperation in the agriculture, health and education sectors.
In addition to meeting with politicians, generals, students and scholars during her visit to England, State Counsellor Daw Aung Suu Kyi took time from her busty schedule for family.
Daw Aung Sun Suu Kyi reportedly met with her youngest son Kim Aris, 39, on Sunday in London before she left for the United States, According to posts on social media, the state counsellor also met with her grandchildren. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi returned to Myanmar from England in 1988 to care for her sick mother. She had been living in Oxford with her husband Michael Aris and their two sons, Alexander and Kim.
Her return to Myanmar coincided with the pro-democracy movement, of which she became its vocal leader. That led to her house arrest by the ruling military junta, where she remained for 15 years.

A photo posted on social media of Daw Aung Sun Suu Kyi and her son Kim Aris.
A photo posted on social media of Daw Aung Sun Suu Kyi and her son Kim Aris.

“Then of course I knew that my relationship with the family was going to change considerably because we would not be able to be in touch with each other,” she told the BBC in 2012, two years after her enforced imprisonment at her villa in Yangon had been lifted.
During the time of her house arrest the state counsellor’s husband died of cancer. She decided not to travel back to England to be with her husband for fear of not being allowed back into Myanmar. Her son Kim visited Myanmar in 2010 after her house arrest was lifted, and she saw him again in 2012 on a trip to England.
While in London she reportedly stayed at the Dorchester Hotel, the same place where her father, General Aung San, stayed when he visited the city in 1947 during negotiations for independence.—GNLM with Myanmar News Agency

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