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Myanmar opposition leader leaves for visits to Germany, France

English.news.cn   2014-04-09 21:24:13

YANGON, April 9 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi left here Wednesday evening on her week-long visits to two western European countries -- Germany and France, sources with the National League for Democracy (NLD) said.

It is Aung San Suu Kyi's first foreign trip this year.

During her first visit to Berlin, the chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and chairperson of the Committee for Rule of Law and Tranquility of the Lower House, will be received by German President Joachim Gauck and will pick up International Willy Brandt Prize there, the sources said.

Gauck last visited Myanmar in February this year, the first ever to the country as a German president in 26 years since 1986, during which Germany announced relief of Myanmar's debt owed to Germany by 50 percent.

Gauck then inaugurated the new German Goethe Institute in Yangon and gave speech at the University of Yangon, voicing support for the economic development of Myanmar by boosting foreign investment in the country.

Suu Kyi's Germany visit will be followed by that to France, where she would pay the second visit at the invitation of French President Francois Hollande after the first in October 2013.

She would also meet French government officials and visit the French parliament.

During her last visit to Strasbourg of France, Suu Kyi met the European Parliament president and accepted the Sakharov Human Rights Prize.

Suu Kyi's last October visit to five European countries also covered Belgium, Luxembourg, United Kingdom and Italy, boosting Myanmar's link with the EU.

Editor: Fu Peng
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