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Updated: April 11, 2012 11:51 IST

Suu Kyi meets Thein Sein

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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at Yangon airport to leave for Naypyitaw on Wednesday. Ms. Suu Kyi met President Thein Sein on Wednesday for what a spokesman described as a very important meeting ahead of her historic entry into parliament.
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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at Yangon airport to leave for Naypyitaw on Wednesday. Ms. Suu Kyi met President Thein Sein on Wednesday for what a spokesman described as a very important meeting ahead of her historic entry into parliament.

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with President Thein Sein on Wednesday for what a spokesman described as a very important meeting ahead of her historic entry into parliament.

National League for Democracy spokesman Nyan Win said that during the talks in the capital, Naypyitaw, the two would discuss democratisation and the peace process with ethnic rebels, as well as parliamentary affairs.

Ms. Suu Kyi’s assistant Khun Tha confirmed that the meeting had begun.

The next session of parliament opens April 23.

A historic meeting between Ms. Suu Kyi and Mr. Thein Sein last August paved the way for the NLD to rejoin electoral politics and collaborate in promoting political reconciliation.

The NLD had boycotted a November 2010 general election as unfair and undemocratic.

The polls were viewed as a milestone for Myanmar, as it emerges from a half century of military rule, and an astonishing reversal of fortune for the former political prisoner.

During their first meeting last August, Ms. Suu Kyi and Mr. Thein Sein had “frank and friendly discussions” to “find ways and means of cooperation,” according to an official statement at that time.

Afterward, the 66-year-old Nobel Peace laureate told reporters she believed Mr. Thein Sein was sincere and “genuinely wishes for democratic reforms.”

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