Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier today (10 April) welcomed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, Opposition leader from Myanmar, at the Federal Foreign Office. Their talks focuses on domestic developments in Myanmar and on bilateral relations.
Paying her first official visit to Germany, Aung San Suu Kyi also met Federal President Joachim Gauck and Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel. Talks with Foreign Minister Steinmeier focused on the current constitutional debate in Myanmar, the peace process involving ethnic minorities and regional issues.
Growing bilateral relations
Bilateral relations between Germany and Myanmar were also discussed. In 2012, a joint declaration paved the way for reopening the Goethe-Institut in Rangoon, which had been closed in 1965. For the time being, GI language courses are held at a provisional location; in the long run, the institute is to move into a historic building in the city centre currently being revamped with Federal Foreign Office funding.
Support for reforms
When he met the Myanmar-Opposition leader, Foreign Minister Steinmeier assured her that Germany would continue to support the reform process in her country. He also expressed his concern at recent attacks on foreign aid agencies in Rakhine state.
Tomorrow (Friday), the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) will award Aung San Suu Kyi the International Willy Brandt Prize for her political commitment to democratisation in Myanmar.