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January 29, 2013

Aung San Suu Kyi Meets S. Korea's First Female Leader

by VOA News

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and South Korean President-elect Park Geun-hye pledged greater cooperation between their countries as they met Tuesday in Seoul.

The meeting between two of the most prominent female politicians in Asia comes at the outset of Aung San Suu Kyi's five-day visit to South Korea, her first trip to that country.

Park, who next month will become South Korea's first female president, told the Burmese democracy leader she hopes to work together for the good of both countries.

"I hope that we can work together to establish a freer and happier South Korea and Burma, as well as in Asia and the world in the future," she said.

Aung San Suu Kyi said she hopes Burma can soon be in a better position to help advance peace and prosperity not only in her country, but around the world.

Earlier, the Nobel laureate discussed education and economic development cooperation with outgoing President Lee Myung-bak.

Later this week, she will give a speech at a development summit and accept a human rights award that she was previously unable to receive because of her former house arrest.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.