President Tan meets top leaders in Myanmar

President Tony Tan met Myanmar president Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Naypyidaw on Monday, a sign of the strengthening ties between Singapore and Myanmar since sweeping reforms were introduced.

Dr Tan arrived in Myanmar's capital and seat of government on Monday morning for the first state visit by Singapore to the country.

He was received in a ceremonial welcome at the presidential palace by Mr Thein Sein, who wore the traditional Burmese khaung paung turban and a rich green longyi. Besides a guard of honour and military band, 30 young scouts were also there to welcome Dr Tan, who is Singapore's chief scout. Myanmar's scout movement was restarted just last year.

Dr Tan met with Mr Thein Sein for about an hour. The former general has been lauded for spearheading reforms such as the release of political prisoners and greater press freedom.

Dr Tan also met Ms Suu Kyi, who called on him at his hotel.