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Hautala meets Aung San Suu Kyi

Finnish International Development Minister Heidi Hautala has met Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on a visit to the country. Hautala is in Myanmar to determine how Finland can best support it in its development.

Heidi Hautala ja Aung San Suu Kyi
Heidi Hautala and Aung San Suu Kyi. Image: Ulkoministeriö, Milma Kettunen

Hautala is the first Finnish government minister to visit Myanmar since its recent transition to civilian rule.

According to Hautala, President U Thein Sein appeared very committed to reforming the country, which was ruled by a military junta for five decades. However Aung San Suu Kyi noted that more than good will was needed for reforms to be made.

Hautala invited Suu Kyi, one of the world's most renown freedom fighters, to visit Finland.

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