When Suu Kyi Meets May

Prime Minister Theresa May with Myanamar Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi

It was an emotional meeting for Myanamr’s Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in London. The Burmese freedom fighter arrive at No 10 to meet Prime Minister Theresa May….reports Asian Lite News

Prime Minister Theresa May with Myanamar Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi
Prime Minister Theresa May with Myanamar Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi

Suu Kyi  thanked May for “Britain’s friendship and support” during her country’s political transition after years of military dictatorship.”

“Aung San Suu Kyi thanked the prime minister for Britain’s friendship and support. The prime minister said we stood ready to provide further assistance as Burma continues to develop, including through £118m in support this year,” the spokesperson said.

“They agreed that to create a society that truly works for all, it would be important to see Burma make further progress in the creation of jobs, in improving access to quality healthcare, and on reforming the education system.”

Aung San Suu Kyi, who spent years under house arrest, was given the specially created role of state counsellor because her two sons’ British citizenship prevented her from becoming president under the military-era constitution, the Guardian reported.

Her leadership has been chequered, with international concerns being raised about the plight of Rohingya Muslims and the leader herself being criticised for failing to tackle hate crime and institutional discrimination against the minority community.

Amnesty International had called for the prime minister to raise the issue with Aung San Suu Kyi. The rights group’s foreign affairs adviser Polly Truscott said the Myanmar government’s “failure to address their suffering is a stain on its international reputation”.

Aung San Suu Kyi also met Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

“It’s a great pleasure to meet Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and congratulate her in person on her victory in the November 2015 elections and forming Burma’s first civilian government for over 50 years,” Johnson said in a statement after the talks. “The Burmese transition to democracy is an historic achievement.

“The courage and sacrifice of the Burmese people, not least of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi herself, has led to a major shift from military dictatorship to a more civilian, democratic and accountable government.

“The UK is pleased to have played an important role in bringing about Burma’s emergence from decades of repression and isolation. We remain committed to supporting Burma’s extraordinary reforms and we welcome a democratic, stable and prosperous Burma that can contribute to stability and security in south-east Asia and beyond.”