Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is planning to travel to Norway and, possibly, the United Kingdom, for her first trip outside Myanmar in 24 years — a span during most of which the pro-democracy leader spent in detention.
The European Union has struck a preliminary agreement to suspend most sanctions against Myanmar in recognition of reforms that allowed Suu Kyi to win election to parliament this month.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s willingness to travel abroad shows her growing confidence in the reform process and Burma’s President Thein Sein, the BBC’s Jonah Fisher in Thailand reports.
The choice of Norway as the first country to visit is a natural one, as Ms Suu Kyi still has to formally accept the Nobel Peace Prize she was awarded back in 1991, our correspondent adds.
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