Aung San Suu Kyi Has Active Week Meeting Foreign Diplomats

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 1:10 PM

Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion congratulated Myanmar on installing its first civilian government in decades and on its transition from military regulation to democracy.

Myanmar'south high-profile new foreign minister, Aung San Suu Kyi, met her Canadian counterpart on Thursday, as dignitaries visit the country to meet the Nobel laureate.

Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion congratulated Myanmar on installing its first civilian government in decades and on its transition from military regulation to democracy.

"It'south always challenging to construct a powerful democracy," Dion said at a joint news conference at Myanmar'south Presidential Palace in the capital, Naypyitaw. "Myanmar needs to succeed. It'south necessary for your country and it'south necessary for the world."

Suu Kyi also hosted the foreign ministers of China and Italy earlier this week.

In November, the country held its first free election in decades, which Suu Kyi'south National League for Democracy party won by a landslide.

Suu Kyi, the country'south most favorite politician, is barred by a junta-era constitution from becoming president because her sons are British citizens, as was her late husband.

She picked her near ally, Htin Kyaw, to become Myanmar'south president and lead the government that took office last week.

In its first legislative act, the parliament created a new post for Suu Kyi as "state counsellor" on Tuesday, giving her powers similar to those of a prime minister. The move allows Suu Kyi to have a powerful hand in running Myanmar and helps her get round the constitution's ban.

In addition to foreign minister, Suu Kyi also heads the president's office.

This week'south meetings have keep Suu Kyi in the spotlight, with President Htin Kyaw playing a supporting role.

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