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    Posted on 29 May 2012
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    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh invites Suu Kyi to India

    The Indian PM met the Myanmarese opposition leader and asked her to visit for the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial lecture

    Tehelka.com Bureau
    New Delhi

    Manmohan Singh on Tuesday met Myanmar’s opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and invited her to India to deliver the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial lecture

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday met Myanmar’s opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at the old capital of Yangon and invited her to India to deliver the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial lecture. An invitation letter by Sonia Gandhi was handed over to Suu Kyi by the Prime Minister.


    In a media statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Singh spoke about Suu Kyi’s struggle towards democracy and her family’s long association with India. He was quick to add that India believes in the process of national reconciliation, which has been launched by President Thein Sein and “Madam Suu Kyi will play a defining role”.

    Suu Kyi, the 66-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner, on the other hand, appreciated Singh travelling to Yangon from the capital of Nay Pyi Taw to meet her. She recalled her family’s link with the Gandhi family. “My parents were great admirers of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and other Indian leaders, but we were particularly close to Panditji as I was taught to call him from a very young age,” she said in a statement. Expressing her gratification for the invitation to deliver the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial lecture, Suu Kyi added, “I hope that I will be able to take up this invitation before too long.” Suu Kyi stressed on the need to build more people to people contact between the two countries.

    Singh is on a historic visit to Myanmar—a first in 25 years by any Indian prime minister. Earlier on the trip, he announced a number of agreements including a $500 million credit line.

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