Suu Kyi to visit Britain and Norway in June
Posted Wednesday, April 18 2012 at 16:33
Aung San Suu Kyi plans to visit Britain and Norway as part of her first trip outside Myanmar in 24 years, her party said Wednesday, in the latest sign of her confidence in the country's reforms.
The Nobel laureate, who was elected to parliament in landmark April 1 by-elections, will embark on the international trip in mid June, her party spokesman told AFP.
"She is also hoping to go to other countries," Nyan Win told AFP, adding the trip would last about seven days.
"It will be her first trip since 1988, when she returned to Myanmar," he said, referring to the year that Suu Kyi was thrust into the limelight during a trip to her homeland to care for her sick mother.
He said the visit to Britain, where she lived for years with her husband and two sons, will include a trip to Oxford, her former university town.
The Norwegian foreign ministry on Wednesday announced that she would travel to Oslo to accept in person the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize she won for her peaceful struggle for democracy.
Suu Kyi, who is expected to take her seat in the lower house of parliament on April 23, is thought to have had any restrictions on her foreign travel lifted with her election.