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Suu Kyi holds rare talks with minister

world Updated: Jul 26, 2011 00:35 IST

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi held a rare meeting with a government minister on Monday, raising the prospect of a thaw in relations between the Nobel Peace laureate and the country's new military-backed leadership.

Suu Kyi, who was only told of the meeting on Sunday, talked for just over an hour with labour minister Aung Kyi in what was the first known contact between the 66-year-old and a member of the new civilian government.

In a joint statement, both parties said they were positive and satisfied with the meeting, in which they had discussed issues that would be of benefit to Myanmar's people.

Suu Kyi already knew Aung Kyi, having met him on nine occasions since 2007 while she was in detention and he was a minister liaising between her and the junta.