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Long-awaited moment: Aung San Suu Kyi with her son Kim Aris in Yangon on Tuesday. — Photo: REUTERS
Long-awaited moment: Aung San Suu Kyi with her son Kim Aris in Yangon on Tuesday. — Photo: REUTERS

Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, freed by the junta from house arrest just 10 days ago, was reunited with her younger son on Tuesday after a decade of separation.

She met Kim Aris (33), who lives in Britain, at Yangon airport.

“I'm very glad and I'm very happy,” Ms. Suu Kyi told an AFP reporter .

The Nobel Peace Prize winner was released on November 13 after more than seven consecutive years in detention.

On greeting his smiling and excited mother, Mr. Aris immediately took off his outer shirt to reveal the symbols of her now-disbanded National League for Democracy (NLD) party tattooed on his arm.

With his mother's arm around him, he told reporters he would stay in the country for about two weeks. They then left holding hands for the family's lakeside home, where Ms. Suu Kyi had been confined .

Mr. Aris arrived in the Thai capital ahead of his mother's release but faced a prolonged wait for a visa to military-ruled Myanmar, where Ms. Suu Kyi spent much of the past 21 years locked up.

Under house arrest, the democracy champion had no telephone or Internet access and only limited contact with the outside world.

It has been about 10 years since she last saw Mr. Aris or her elder son, Alexander. — AFP

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