Suu Kyi meets Manmohan, says it's good to be back (Lead)

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New Delhi, Nov 14
Manmohan Singh

Myanmar's pro-democracy iconic leader Aung San Suu Kyi Wednesday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and discussed the political transition going on in her country.

The talks between Manmohan Singh and Suu Kyi focused on the process of political reforms in Myanmar and the need to scale up relations between the two countries, said official sources.

Suu Kyi began her six-day visit to India Tuesday, her first trip to the country where she studied after a quarter century.

"It's good to be back in India," the Nobel laureate told a TV news channel Wednesday morning.

"It feels very good to be in India, and I am glad that I can still recognise parts of Delhi," she said.

Suu Kyi studied at the Convent of Jesus and Mary School and graduated in political science from Lady Shri Ram College, one of Delhi's most reputed colleges for women, when her mother was Burma's envoy to India.

She is expected to meet students and the faculty of LSR, as her college is known.

On the political level, she said she wanted closer relations between the people of the two countries because a gulf had emerged in recent years.

Suu Kyi and her mother -- Suu Kyi's father was a friend of Nehru -- lived in the 1960s on 24 Akbar Road, now the headquarters of the Congress party.

Suu Kyi is also scheduled to meet Vice President Hamid Ansari, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid.

She will visit The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in Gurgaon, before flying to Bangalore and Andhra Pradesh.

India honoured Suu Kyi with the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding in 1992 while she was under house arrest under the military government in Myanmar.

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