Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Ang San Suu Kyi met the country’s President Thein Sein on Friday, in what has been described as the latest olive branch from her former captors. The meeting, which was the first between the Nobel Peace Prize winner and the former military general, was called ‘significant’.
Suu Kyi spent 15 of the last 21 years of military rule under house arrest for spearheading a democracy campaign. She was released late last year. The military junta was dissolved following general elections last November and a civilian government took over.
Friday’s meeting was part of Suu Kyi’s first visit to the administrative capital Naypyitaw. Neither the President’s office or Suu Kyi’s political organisation would comment on what was discussed. However the 66 year old activist has regularly called for dialogue with the government since her release.
Critics claimed Thein Sein’s more open approach is attempting to restore Myanmar’s image in Asia and end western sanctions.