The Straits Times
Published on Nov 14, 2012

Suu Kyi to meet PM Singh on landmark India visit


NEW DELHI (AFP) - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on a landmark visit to New Delhi on Wednesday, after warning India not to get carried away by the startling reforms across its border.

Ms Suu Kyi, who was a student in New Delhi in the 1960s where her mother served as an ambassador, is paying her first visit to India in 25 years - most of which were spent under military house arrest.

Her invitation is an attempt by Mr Singh's government to repair a damaged relationship with Ms Suu Kyi who was finally freed by the junta in 2010 and led her party to a landslide victory in parliamentary by-elections in April.

New Delhi was once one of her staunchest supporters, but changed tack and sought engagement with the junta in the mid-1990s - a move that the Nobel peace prize winner has acknowledged "saddened" her.