State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi attended the celebration of the 69th Republic Day of India in New Delhi yesterday, observing a parade, stunt performances and cultural displays along with other ASEAN leaders.
Leaders of South-East Asian countries were hosted as special guests by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to participate in the celebrations.
The celebrations included marching bands, floats and traditional cultural performances from Indian states, performers on motorbikes, aerial displays and military weaponry.
Leaders from Viet Nam, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia were invited by Prime Minister Modi to enjoy the 90-minute parade.
India shares a 1,643km-long border with Myanmar and is involved in building a trilateral highway linking Myanmar and Thailand to the north-eastern part of India that will serve as a gateway to the rest of South-East Asia.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who studied and lived in India, is among nine ASEAN leaders who arrived Thursday for the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit and to attend the annual 69th Republic Day parade as chief guests.
The constitution of India came into effect on 26 January, 1950, following its independence from Britain in 1947.
In the evening, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi attended an “At Home” meeting between India and other ASEAN countries held at the Mughal Garden in the Presidential House.
Following the meeting, the State Counsellor met with families of Myanmar diplomats stationed in India at the residence of the Myanmar Ambassador in New Delhi. U Moe Kyaw Aung, the Myanmar Ambassador to India, then hosted a dinner in honour of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.—Myanmar News Agency