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Suu Kyi returns home after 1st trip in 24 years

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has completed her first trip out of Myanmar in 24 years. Her tour of Thailand highlighted her new freedom to explore the world and to return back home.

world Updated: Jun 03, 2012 10:12 IST

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has completed her first trip out of Myanmar in 24 years. Her tour of Thailand highlighted her new freedom to explore the world and to return back home.

Aides from Suu Kyi's opposition party greeted her at Yangon's airport Sunday after her six-day trip to neighboring Thailand.

Suu Kyi, who spent 15 of the last two decades under house arrest, had previously refused to leave the country during brief periods of freedom for fear she would not be allowed to return.

Her trip was viewed as proof of her confidence in Myanmar's new civilian government, whose political reforms contrast starkly with that of the former military junta.

In mid-June, Suu Kyi will take a five-country tour of Europe.