Suu Kyi meets Western diplomats


The Nobel Peace Prize winner was driven to a state guesthouse where she talked for an hour with the deputy heads of the US and Australian missions and the ambassador of Britain, which represented the European Union (EU).
It was the third time in six days that Myanmar’s military rulers have allowed Suu Kyi to attend meetings outside her lakeside home, where she is held under house arrest.
The Australian government said the meeting was organised by Myanmar’s rulers at Suu Kyi’s request to gather information on Western sanctions that could be used in her talks with the junta.

Australia’s charge d’affaires in Yangon, Simon Starr, conveyed a message of support for Suu Kyi’s “struggle for democracy”, an Australian statement said, describing the meeting as a “positive step” for both Myanmar’s authorities and Suu Kyi.
“The message expressed the hope that her sacrifice would in time lead to a better Burma,” the statement said, using the country’s former name, adding that the 64-year-old National League for Democracy (NLD) party leader appeared in good health.
Suu Kyi has been detained for 14 of the last 20 years and had her house arrest extended by 18 months in August for letting an American intruder stay at her home for two days.

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