Burmese Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi Making First Visit to Australia in November

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By Sunny Peter | November 6, 2013 2:19 PM EST

Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi will visit Australia from Nov 27 to Dec 2. This will be her first visit to Australia. She will attend a host of public events in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne and also hold meetings with the Burmese community in Australia.

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi looks on as she leads a news conference at the foreign ministry in Rome October 28, 2013. (REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Stating that Australia has been a staunch supporter of democracy in Burma, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who first met Ms Suu Kyi in 1995, said she was delighted to be able to welcome her to the country. 

"Australia has long been a staunch supporter of Aung San Suu Kyi's efforts to bring democracy to the Burmese people," the Australian foreign minister said in a statement on Tuesday.

In recent years, the military ruler in Burma (Myanmar) have allowed greater political and media freedoms. Ms. Suu Kyi is a former political prisoner who won a parliamentary seat in the April 2012 election. She was appointed opposition leader of the National League for Democracy.

Ms. Suu Kyi's visit comes at a time when Australia and other nations are easing their sanctions against Myanmar (Burma). She had accepted an invitation from former foreign minister Bob Carr back in June.

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