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John Baird

Baird offers Burma dem. leader Suu Kyi hon. Can. citizenship

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Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird came bearing gifts Thursday as he travelled to Myanmar, ruled by one of Asia’s most repressive dictatorial regimes.

Baird met first with Myanmar President Thein Sein, then with prominent pro-democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi.

To Suu Kyi, an opposition leader and Nobel peace laureate who used the visit to express concerns about the country’s upcoming April election, he presented a certificate of honorary Canadian citizenship and an informal invitation to visit Canada.

At his meeting with the president in Myanmar’s capital Naypyitaw, Baird raised the prospect of revisiting sanctions against the regime.

“Clearly we’ll be watchin in the coming weeks with an eye to re-evaluating the measures that we’ve taken against the government here,” Baird told reporters.

 

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Source: nationalpost.com


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