Suu Kyi visiting India next week - The New Indian Express

Suu Kyi visiting India next week

Published: 10th November 2012 10:40 AM

Last Updated: 10th November 2012 10:40 AM

Myanmar's iconic pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is visiting India from Nov 13-18, her first trip to the country after a gap of nearly 40 years.

Suu Kyi will deliver the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Lecture here Nov 14, the ministry of external affairs said here Friday.

She is to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during her visit.

Manmohan Singh had extended an invitation to Suu Kyi to visit India when he was in Myanmar in May.

Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy, had accepted an invite from United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi in her capacity as Chairperson of Nehru Memorial Fund to deliver the Nehru Memorial Lecture.

She is also scheduled to call on Vice President Hamid Ansari, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, a statement said.

Myanmar's opposition leader was conferred the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding in 1992.

Suu Kyi will visit her alma mater, Lady Sri Ram College, where she will interact with the faculty and students and also visit The Energy and Resources Institute.

She will also travel to Bangalore where she will visit the Indian Institute of Science and the Infosys Campus.

She is also scheduled to tour rural areas in Andhra Pradesh to gain a firsthand impression of the rural development and women's empowerment programmes being undertaken in India.

Suu Kyi's India visit is part of India's "ongoing engagement with the democratic and multi-party polity in Myanmar. It would provide opportunity to exchange views on all matters of mutual interest with a view to building upon the positive momentum in India-Myanmar relations."

India and Myanmar have strengthened their "close and friendly relations" with exchanges of high-level visits, including the state visits of the Myanmar President Thein Sein to India in October 2011 and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Myanmar in May 2012.

Suu Kyi was under house arrest in Myanmar for almost 15 of the 21 years from July 20, 1989, until her release Nov 13, 2010.

Her connection to India goes back to her youth when her mother, Khin Kyi, was appointed ambassador to India and Nepal in 1960.

Suu Kyi studied in the Convent of Jesus and Mary School, and graduated from Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi with a degree in politics in 1964.

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