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Aung San Suu Kyi delivers speech at Sandhurst

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi today delivered a speech at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, as part of her five-day visit to the UK on her European tour.

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi jokes with officer cadets over a cup of tea at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi jokes with officer cadets over a cup of tea at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Credit: PA

The leader of Burma's pro-democracy movement had requested to spend a day at the military academy, a spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed earlier this month.

Aung San Suu Kyi joins officer surrounded by female cadets at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
Aung San Suu Kyi joins officer surrounded by female cadets at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Credit: PA

As well as giving a speech, she watched the cadets in training and chatted to the academy's members over a cup of tea.

The Burmese opposition leader and Camp Commandant Major General Stuart Skeates arrive to deliver a speech at Sandhurst
The Burmese opposition leader and Camp Commandant Major General Stuart Skeates arrive to deliver a speech at Sandhurst Credit: PA

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Members of the armed forces awarded military honours

More than 100 members of the armed forces are to be awarded military honours.

A soldier who single-handedly battled insurgents in Afghanistan, two members of the RAF who defended Camp Bastion from an attack, and a female Army medic are among those recognised.

Recipients of the Military Cross
Recipients of the Military Cross Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Praising the recipients of the honours, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: "In a changing world the bravery and commitment to duty of our servicemen and women remains unswerving.

"Whether fighting for our security on operations abroad or rescuing mountaineers and sailors within the British Isles, they deserve our gratitude and respect.

"I hope that the awards announced today go some way to underlining how much this country values the efforts and sacrifices of our Armed Forces."

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