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Myanmar not worried Suu Kyi will upstage president on US visit

Published on Sep 22, 2012 7:20 AM
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Ms Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of Myanmar's National League for Democracy, speaks at a joint media conference with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the United Nations in New York, on Sept 21, 2012. Myanmar's government says it is not worried opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will upstage the president during their overlapping United States (US) visits because they work together for democracy, just as Mr Nelson Mandela did with South Africa's last apartheid-era leader. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

UNITED NATIONS (REUTERS) - Myanmar's government says it is not worried opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will upstage the president during their overlapping United States (US) visits because they work together for democracy, just as Mr Nelson Mandela did with South Africa's last apartheid-era leader.

Mr Aung Min, a minister in President Thein Sein's office, said on Friday that the government was "very proud" of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi, who this week in Washington was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for her fight for democracy.

Ms Suu Kyi - who championed democracy in opposition to Myanmar's military junta during 17 years under house arrest - is on a coast-to-coast US tour. Mr Thein Sein will visit New York to speak at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on Thursday.

"We don't worry about that," Mr Aung Min told reporters at the UN in New York, when asked if Ms Suu Kyi could outshine the president during their visits to the United States.

 
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