Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Suu Kyi to visit France on June 26

Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:53 Mizzima News

Aung San Suu Kyi will visit France for four days starting on June 26 at the invitation of new President Francois Hollande, French officials announced on Tuesday.

“This visit will provide an opportunity to pay homage to her fight for democracy and human rights and to reaffirm France's desire to continue to support the political transition” it said in a statement.

The Nobel peace prize laureate made a six-day trip to Thailand in May-June, her first foreign trip in over two decades since she was thrust into the spotlight during protests in 1988. Her trip comes amid sweeping reforms by a new regime in Burma that includes her election to parliament in April.

Her visit to France will be part of a five-country European tour, which will include an address in Geneva and a trip to Oslo to finally accept her Nobel Peace Prize. From there she will travel to Britain and Dublin, where she will be awarded an Amnesty International prize by the rock singer Bono.

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