State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi received a ceremonial welcome in New Delhi yesterday at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Indian president’s official residence, where she was greeted by Indian Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi.
“It is a great pleasure for me to be back in India again, especially in Delhi, where I spent so many years. I look forward to better relationships between our two countries because every time I come back to India, I realize how close we are to one another, and how much I believe that our friendship will stand the test of time,” she said during her welcoming address.
The State Counsellor’s mother, Daw Khin Kyi, was appointed the Burmese ambassador to India and Nepal in 1960, and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi followed her there. She studied in the Convent of Jesus and Mary School in New Delhi, and graduated from Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi with a degree in politics in 1964. Years later, she was a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (IIAS) in Shimla, India.
Yesterday, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi visited the Raj Ghat, tomb of Mahatama Gandhi and paid tribute to him and signed the visitors’ book.
Raj Ghat Samadhi Committee Secretary Dr Rajnish Kuma presented books and a statue of Mahatama Gandhi.
She called on Indian President Pranab Mrkherjee at noon yesterday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and exchanged views on the democratic transition in Myanmar and experiences of India after gaining independence.
Following the meeting, the President of India hosted a luncheon in honour of the State Counsellor.
Before the call on the Indian President, the State Counsellor met with Minister of External Affairs Sushna Swarj and discussed subjects to be talked about during her visit.—GNLM