Miliband hails Suu Kyi

Ed Miliband hailed Aung San Suu Kyi as "the most famous opposition leader in the world" as the Burmese pro-democracy campaigner opened Labour's new London headquarters.

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Hague: 'It's a pleasure to welcome Aung San Suu Kyi back to the UK'

Foreign Secretary William Hague has spoken of his pleasure at welcoming Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi to the Foreign office:

“It was a pleasure to welcome Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office during her historic return to the UK. She is a symbol of hope to all those people around the world striving for democracy.

“The progress we have seen in Burma is testament to the bravery and vision shown by Aung San Suu Kyi and President Thein Sein. They have embarked on a process of reform that could bring genuine democracy to Burma.

Burmese pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi meets with Foreign Secretary William Hague Credit: Sang Tan/PA Wire

"The fact that Aung San Suu Kyi now feels able to leave Burma and return to the UK for the first time since 1988 is a signal to the world of how much the situation in Burma has changed.

“However, Burma still faces many challenges. We discussed the UK’s support for the reform process and desire to help the people of Burma achieve economic development, entrench the rule of law, build democratic institutions and end ethnic conflict.”


Report: Burmese president invited to visit the UK

As Aung San Suu Kyi continues her tour of Britain, BBC foreign correspondent Fergal Keane has tweeted that official sources have told him that the Government has invited Burma's president to visit:

Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to meet Suu Kyi

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will meet Burmese Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi for the first time today.

Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi Credit: Press Association

The royal couple have invited the pro-democracy campaigner to their London home Clarence House. Prince Charles knew her late husband Michael Aris. The year the scholar died Charles became patron of the Michael Aris Memorial Trust for Tibetan and Himalayan Studies.


MPs wish Aung San Suu Kyi a 'Happy birthday'

Foreign Secretary William Hague led MPs today in wishing happy birthday to Burmese Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi as she began her first visit to the UK in 24 years.

Aung San Suu Kyi due to meet with the Foreign secretary as part of her UK tour Credit: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun

Mr Hague said politicians on all sides wished her well: "I think the whole country will wish well to Aung San Suu Kyi and we'll be delighted to see her this week.

"It is vital for all of us who believe in freedom and democracy across the world to work with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi over the coming months and years."

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