15 Jan '12, 4am

French minister to meet Suu Kyi on Myanmar visit

French minister to meet Suu Kyi on Myanmar visit

YANGON: France's foreign minister is due to meet democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday during a historic visit to assess the Myanmar regime's commitment to change after a string of dramatic reforms. Alain Juppe, who arrived in Myanmar's main city Yangon on Saturday, is the highest level French diplomat to ever visit the military-dominated nation, long criticised by the West for its human rights record. He is scheduled to meet Suu Kyi at 11.30 am (0430 GMT) at the lakeside mansion where she was held as a prisoner in her own home for most of the past two decades before her release by the regime in November 2010. He will award the Nobel laureate with one of France's highest honours, Commander in the National Order of the Legion d'Honneur, in recognition of her long struggle for democracy. On Monday Juppe will hold talks in the capital Naypyidaw with President Thein Sein...

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