Myanmar's Suu Kyi To Visit The US: Gov't

Myanmar's Suu Kyi to visit the US: gov't

YANGON, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21st july,2016) - Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has accepted an invite from Barack Obama to visit the United States, her government said Thursday, the first time the pair will meet since last year's landmark elections. "She accepted the invitation and will discuss a visit there at a mutually convenient time," Aye Aye Soe, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official, told AFP. The invitation reinforces Suu Kyi's primacy on the international stage as the real head of a government she is technically barred from leading.

Despite winning a landslide in last November's elections, an event that brought to an end decades of brutal military rule, Suu Kyi is banned from being president by a junta-era constitution. Instead she has taken the role of Foreign Minister and created a new position for herself titled "State Counsellor".

She has also appointed a long term friend and ally, Htin Kyaw, to be a proxy president. It is not clear when the visit will take place but it is expected to occur before Obama leaves office as American voters head to the polls in November.