HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Myanmar democracy icon and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is set to visit Nepal in mid-June.
The Nobel peace laureate and leader of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy is scheduled to visit Nepal on June 14-15, a highly placed source told THT.
An official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Suu Kyi is visiting Nepal at the invitation of BP Memorial Trust on the occasion of centenary birth celebrations of the late prime minister BP Koirala. She will also be delivering a key-note speech on ‘Relevance of Social Democracy in Contemporary World’.
Late prime minister BP Koirala had good personal, as well as professional, rapport with Suu Kyi’s father Aung San. Both the leaders were proponents of Socialists International movement.
The 100th birth anniversary of the late prime minister BP Koirala is being jointly organised by BP Memorial Trust, which is headed by Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, and BP Chintan Pratisthan.
When asked about Suu Kyi’s visit, Prime Minister Koirala’s foreign affairs adviser Dinesh Bhattarai said, “It is being worked out. We will share the details once it is finalised.” Preparations are also under way for Suu Kyi’s address in the Parliament. Besides, she is also likely to visit Lumbini.
Suu Kyi is also expected to call on President Ram Baran Yadav, Prime Minister Koirala and other senior leaders of various parties.
A political source, however, said if Myanmar were to hold its general elections around mid-June, the visit could be affected.
During his visit to Myanmar in early March, Prime Minister Koirala had met Suu Kyi and extended an invitation to her to take part in late BP Koirala’s birth centenary celebrations.
Suu Kyi had earlier visited Nepal in the 1960s when her mother Khin Kyi was residential ambassador to India, concurrently looking after Nepal, from 1960-1967. She again visited Nepal in the 1970s. She has also written a book on Nepal, which is a part of her Let’s Visit series. Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.