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Aung San Suu Kyi Met Justin Trudeau for the First Time

State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi had talks with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on June 7 after she organized the peace talks in Nay Pyi Taw aiming to end half century long conflicts in Myanmar. She believes Canadian Federalism system of government could bring stability to Myanmar.

She said “I am happy to be here particularly to study the federalism of Canada because it is where we are trying to go. We are trying to build up a democratic federal union”. Trudeau expressed condolences for the tragic loss of life after a Military airplane crashed on a route that would have taken to Yangon from Myeik over the Andaman Sea. He also encouraged Myanmar to extend its efforts to support human rights especially with youth, respect to women and protecting the ethnic and minorities groups.

They discussed the democratization of Myanmar and Canada’s support to Myanmar for ongoing reforms. After the meeting, Trudeau announced $8.8 million in support for humanitarian aid and the improvement of peace process in Myanmar.

Aung San Suu Kyi is one of six people to receive honorary Canadian Citizenship that was awarded in 2007. Since 2013, Canada has paid out over $95 million in aid to Myanmar and it was one of early supporters of Myanmar’s democratic reforms.