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Myanmar president meets Aung San Suu Kyi ahead of water festival

YANGON, April 11 (Xinhua) — Myanmar president U Thein Sein met with by-election-winning leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) Aung San Suu Kyi in Nay Pyi Taw Wednesday, two days ahead of Myanmar Water Festival, according to official sources.

It is expected that the pair would discuss democratization and peace process with ethnic armed groups as well as parliamentary affairs.

The talks between U Thein Sein and Suu Kyi, which represented the second after the first on Aug. 19, 2011, came 10 days after the April 1 by-elections, in which the NLD swept a total of 43 parliamentary seats out of 45, of which all 37 seats with the House of Representatives, four with the House of Nationalities and all two with the Region or State parliaments.

Aung San Suu Kyi herself, who was elected as member of House of Representatives for the first time in the by-elections, contested by 17 political parties, is prepared to attend, along with her party’s other parliamentary representatives-elect, the adjourned third session of the parliament to be resumed on April 23 as officially informed.

During their first meeting in August 2011 soon after Aung San Suu Kyi’s release on Nov. 13, 2010, Thein Sein and Aung San Suu Kyi had discussions on prospect on cooperation for the common interest of the nation and the people, agreeing to put aside the disagreements and pursue four points — to join hand in hand to carry out tasks for the country’s stability and peace and development to fulfill the wish of the people; to cooperate constructively for the development of the country’s economic and social affair and for the development of democracy system; to avoid disputed views and carry out cooperative tasks on reciprocal basis; and to continue dialogue.

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