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By Shwe Yinn Mar Oo with AFP
August 22 - 28, 2011

DAW Aung San Suu Kyi said she was “encouraged” by her first meeting with President U Thein Sein, after the pair talked for an hour in Nay Pyi Taw on the sidelines of a three-day economic development conference on August 19.

The following day state media carried a photograph of the pair in the president’s office under a framed picture of her father, independence hero Boygoke Aung San.

“I am glad to see [the president] and I am encouraged,” she told reporters in Nay Pyi Taw on August 20.

The meeting was the latest sign of an improvement in relations between the opposition leader and the new government, following two meetings between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Minister for Labour U Aung Kyi.

The government invited the leader of the deregistered National League for Democracy (NLD) to Nay Pyi Taw ostensibly to observe the National Workshop on Reforms for Economic Development, held from August 19-21.

A government official said the meeting was “quite good and quite open” without giving details of the nature of discussions, which were held behind closed doors.

The state-run New Light of Myanmar published a brief article, headlined “President U Thein Sein, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi vow to cooperate for national interest”, which said the pair “tried to find out potential common grounds to cooperate in the interests of the nation and the people putting aside different views”.

“Frankly, President U Thein Sein explained measures of the govenrment for national interests,” the report said.