Aung San Suu Kyi in Singapore for 3-day visit

This is Ms Suu Kyi's first visit to Singapore since assuming the post of state counsellor in April this year, in the civilian government that came to power last November.
This is Ms Suu Kyi's first visit to Singapore since assuming the post of state counsellor in April this year, in the civilian government that came to power last November.

Her visit coincides with 50th anniversary of establishment of S'pore-Myanmar diplomatic ties

Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in Singapore today for a three-day official visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Her visit coincides with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Singapore and Myanmar, and reciprocates Mr Lee's trip to Myanmar in June.

The high-level trip takes place amid growing cooperation between the two countries, and the mutual lifting of visa requirements for their citizens. The waiver takes effect from tomorrow.

While here, Ms Suu Kyi will call on Acting President J Y Pillay and Mr Lee. She will be given an official welcome at the Istana, where she will be hosted to an official dinner by Mr Lee.

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean will also host her to meals.

This is Ms Suu Kyi's first visit to Singapore since assuming the post of state counsellor in April this year, in the new civilian government that came to power last November.

She was last here in September 2013 when she was leader of Myanmar's opposition and head of the committee on rule of law, peace and tranquillity of Myanmar's Lower House of Parliament.

During the visit, Ms Suu Kyi will attend IE Singapore's Global Conversations dialogue with Singapore businesses. She will also visit the Botanic Gardens where an orchid will be named after her, a traditional honour for visiting foreign leaders.

Ms Suu Kyi, who has pledged to tackle corruption at home, will also receive a briefing by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau.

Tomorrow evening, she and Mr Lee will be the guests of honour at the opening ceremony of the Asian Civilisations Museum's new exhibition of Myanmar artefacts. Titled "Cities and Kings: Ancient Treasures from Myanmar", it will run for three months.

On Friday, she will visit a hawker centre, where she will be hosted to breakfast by Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan.

Officials have been tightening regulations on street hawkers in Myanmar's largest city and former capital Yangon, and Yangon Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein and Myanmar officials visited Singapore in July to study how hawker centres here are built and run.

Ms Suu Kyi will be accompanied by Union Minister for Commerce Than Myint, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Kyaw Tin and officials from Myanmar's National Planning Ministry, President's Office and Foreign Affairs Ministry.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 30, 2016, with the headline 'Aung San Suu Kyi in S'pore for 3-day visit'. Print Edition | Subscribe