Aung San Suu Kyi on first visit to S'pore

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Ms Suu Kyi meeting the press on Tuesday in Prague, where she was attending a conference. She will arrived in Singapore on Friday for a four-day visit. -- PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Nobel peace laureate and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in Singapore on Friday for what will be her first-ever visit to the Republic.

The four-day trip will also mark the first time Ms Suu Kyi has made a bilateral visit to an ASEAN country since she was released from house arrest in 2010.

Her visit has drawn widespread interest here, especially among the local Myanmar community. Some 5,000 have signed up for her scheduled meeting with Singapore-based Myanmar citizens.

At the government level, she will call on top leaders including President Tony Tan Keng Yam, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement on Thursday.

ESM Goh is due to host Ms Suu Kyi and her delegation to a lunch at the Istana.

She will also meet Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs Grace Fu. Ms Suu Kyi chairs the committee for rule of law, peace and tranquillity in the Lower House of the Myanmar Parliament.

Her visit takes place against a backdrop of strengthening ties between Singapore and Myanmar.

Singapore's leaders have emphasised on several occasions that the Republic welcomes ongoing reforms in Myanmar and is willing to help the country with its development.

In recent years, there has been an increase in mutual visits by leaders from the two countries.

 

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