NAYPYIDAW: Myanmar’s Democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi said she was “encouraged “by her First meeting with the courtry’s new nominelly civilian president.

In her first comments on Friday’s discussion with President Thein Sein,a forma general,the Nobel laureate indiciated that the one-hour meeting in the capital Nyapyidaw had gone well.

“I am glad to see him and I am encouraged”,she said yesterday.

The talks, a rare encounter between of Suu Kyi and one of the member o f the junta who kept her locked up for much of the past two decades,are the latest example the government and its most renowned critic.

It was the democracy icon’s first visit to the capital Naypyidaw,at the invitation of the regime,which came to power in March after a widely condemned elecation marred by the absence of Suu Kyi and her patty.

A Myanmar official,who asked not to be named,said the meeting was “quite good and quite open” without giving details of the nature of discussions,which were held behind closed doors.

Government mouthpiece the New light of Myanmar said both sides sought “potentail common grounds to cooperate in the interests of the nation and the people putting aside different views”in a short item on the talks.

The newspaper published a picture of Suu Kyi with Thein Sein at the presidential residence.

Suu Kyi remained in Nawpyidaw overnight and attended a form on the impoverished nation’s economy.

The 66-year-old apperard relaxed and cheerful and spoke with senior government offcials and ministers.

Suu Kyi was told in June to stay out of politics and warned that a politial toure could spark riots.

But Myanmar’s government led by Thein Sein,a former general and junta prime minister,has since appered to want to soften its image.

In recent weeks Suu Kyi has held two rounds of talks with labour minister Aung Kyi in Yangon and has written an open letter offering to aid ceasefire talks between the military and ethnic rebels._ AFP

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