March 19, 2018
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in the Australian capital of Canberra yesterday and was welcomed by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
As the State Counsellor arrived at the Parliament House in Canberra, the guard of honour fired a 19-gun salute and saluted her.
The State Counsellor then signed the guest book and was escorted by PM Turnbull into the guest hall of Parliament House. The State Counsellor and PM Turnbull then took a commemorative photograph together.
Later, the State Counsellor attended the Myanmar-Australia bilateral meeting in the Parliament Hall. Accompanying the State Counsellor were Union Ministers U Thaung Tun and U Kyaw Tin, Myanmar Ambassador to Australia U Tha Aung Nyunt and other officials.
Myanmar and Australian leaders talked about developing bilateral relations, the Rakhine situation and how Australia could contribute to making the situation better.
The State Counsellor then met with Bill Shorten, leader of the Australian Labour Party, which is the opposition party in the Australian Parliament. They discussed Myanmar’s democratic transition and also talked about developing bilateral relations and the Rakhine situation.
Later, the State Counsellor and her entourage travelled to the National Arboretum, where the State Counsellor planted a Pinus roxburghii (Chir Pine) in honour of Myanmar-Australia relations. This was followed by the State Counsellor meeting with Myanmar citizens living in Australia at the Albert Hall, Canberra. The State Counsellor explained the reforms taking place in Myanmar, the peace process and national reconciliation, the situation in Rakhine and how Myanmar expatriates could help contribute to making it better.
The State Counsellor then answered questions raised by the attendees at the ceremony. Myanmar’s Ambassador to Australia U Tha Aung Nyunt then handed over the donation money collected from the Myanmar community in Australia to the State Counsellor for humanitarian assistance in Rakhine.
Later that night, Union Minister for the Office of the Union Government U Thaung Tun, and Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin attended a dinner hosted by Aust-Cham (Australia Chamber of Commerce) member companies, which are investing in the various sectors in Myanmar, at the Hyatt Hotel. At the event, the Union Ministers explained about Myanmar’s political and socio-economic development and then answered questions posed by Australian companies.