Saturday, August 20, 2011

Suu Kyi wraps up high-level visit with Burmese gov’t officials

Saturday, 20 August 2011 13:32 Mizzima News

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – A private meeting with Burmese President Thein Sein and chats with other high-level government ministers were highlights of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s participation in a three-day, national-level economic development forum in Naypyitaw that concludes on Sunday.

Suu Kyi and Dr. Myint, an economic adviser to President Thein Sein, at a three-day forum on economic development in Naypyitaw, the capital. Photos: Mizzima.

 Dr. Myint, an adviser to Burmese President Thein Sein, and National League for Democracy General-Secretary Aung San Suu Kyi. Photos: Mizzima. Economic adviser Dr. Myint and Suu Kyi listen to a discussion at a three-day economic forum in Naypyitaw. Photos: Mizzima. Suu Kyi, Dr. Myint and two unidentified guests at a dinner. Photos: Mizzima. Suu Kyi and Dr. Myint, an economic adviser to President Thein Sein, at a theee-day forum on economic development in Naypyitaw, the captial.  Photos: Mizzima. Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives for a high-level governmental workshop forum on economic development in Naypyitaw, which took place  from August 18-20. Photos: Mizzima.

Suu Kyi arrived for the second day of the three-day workshop at 9 a.m. along with Dr. Myint, an economic adviser to President Thein Sein, and other top governmental leaders, members of political parties and businessmen.

Suu Kyi left after 10 a.m. in a motorcade accompanied by security personnel provided by the government.

During a workshop break, she reportedly discussed political affairs with a few government ministers and businessmen, according to sources.

Also attending the workshop were close business associates of the former military regime including Aung Ko Win, Tun Myint Naing and Zaw Zaw, who spoke to Suu Kyi and posed together for pictures, sources said.

On Friday afternoon, Suu Kyi was invited to meet with President Thein Sein in his office in President House. Sources said they had a procuctive talk that would benefit the Burmese people, but no other details were provided. Thein Sein served as prime minister in the former military government.

State-run MRTV-4 television announced that both parties put aside their differences in the meeting and "discussed common interests and areas of potential cooperation for the benefit of the state and the people."

Suu Kyi’s personnel invitation to attend the economic workshop, which was hand-delivered to her residence in Rangoon, marks a significant turn in her relationship with the newly formed government. Recently, she met twice with Minister Aung Kyi to discuss various issues and both sides described the talks as productive.

In addition, in recent months she has twice traveled outside of Rangoon in her first trips outside the former capital since her release from house arrest late last year. Also, she recently released two “open letters.” The first presented her views on the construction of dams on major Burmese rivers; in the second letter, she called for a nationwide cease-fire in the fighting between the government and ethnic armed groups followed by negotiations for peace and national reconciliation.

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