Perth and North Perthshire MP Pete Wishart has met with Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi as part of a cross-party delegation building links with Burma in association with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.
Mr Wishart met with the pro-democracy leader who, after 15 years in detention, has come to symbolise the struggle of Burma’s people to be free in her home in Naypyidaw, the new capital of Burma.
Mr Wishart said:
"It was a great pleasure to meet Aung San Suu Kyi in her modest home in Naypyidaw – and secure an opportunity to talk in detail about the move to democracy in Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi is one of the worlds most iconic and recognisable political leaders and she recently had the honour of addressing both Houses of Parliament at Westminster.
"Aung San Suu Kyi now leads the opposition in the Burmese Parliament and her political contribution has galvanised the move towards true democracy in Burma.
“In our discussions she revealed her fears and concerns about the drive for democracy and she stressed that Western Governments must be ever vigilant and enabling during this critical time for Burma's future.
“Burma, as a full democratic member of the world community, has much to offer with its natural resources, geopolitical south eastern situation and beautiful countryside. We left feeling very encouraged about Burma’s future and the pivotal role that Aung San Suu Kyi will play."