Myanmar leader welcomed in Canberra

Writer: 
Chan Wai Soe
State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi signs the guests’ book in the parliament in Australia on March 19. (Photo-AFP)

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia welcomed visiting State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in Parliament House in Canberra on March 19.

Aung San Suu Kyi inspected the guard during a ceremonial welcome and then she was welcomed with a 19-gun salute at Parliament House in Canberra.

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia had a detailed discussion at the guest hall of the latter after the ceremonial welcome.

Present on the bilateral meeting were Thaung Tun, Minister for Union Government Office, Kyaw Tin, Minister for International Cooperation, Thar Aung Nyunt, Myanmar ambassador to Australia and officials concerned.

Aung San Suu Kyi met with Bill Shorten, leader of Labour Party at MG-63 Hall of Parliament House. After that Aung San Suu Kyi attended the tree planting ceremony to mark bilateral goodwill and friendship between Australia and Myanmar and planted the commemorative tree.

Aung San Suu Kyi left Myanmar for Australia on goodwill visit and to attend Special Summit on ASEAN-Australia by air on March 16. Aung San Suu Kyi and her entourage attended Special Summit on ASEAN-Australia and other related meetings.   

An Australia-based lawyers’ association tried to charge Aung San Suu Kyi with committing ‘crimes against humanity’. But Australia AG rejected the lawyers' bid to prosecute Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi on March 16.

Translated by Win Htut