Suu Kyi for deeper ties between Myanmar and Indian parliaments

November 16, 2012 - 12:27:08 am

New Delhi: Myanmar’s opposition leader and pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday hoped for deepening of exchanges between parliaments of the two countries and underlined that her nation was moving on the path of democracy “in a slow and steady manner”.

Suu Kyi, the chairperson of National League for Democracy, on a six-day visit to the country, met Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar in parliament for half an hour in the afternoon.

In her interaction, Suu Kyi said that her country was moving on the path of democracy in a slow and steady manner. “Myanmar would require cooperation of its valued neighbours, especially India, in this endeavour,” she said.

She hoped that the spirit of democracy and rule of law would be further deepened and the engagement between the two parliaments would take bilateral ties to greater heights.

The charismatic leader, who spent decades under house arrest and is known for her heroic struggle against the all-powerful military junta in Myanmar, underlined that she preferred a turbulent parliament over a quiet one as it showcased the power of 

the people. A day after she met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Suu Kyi also called on Vice-President Hamid Ansari and met External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid.