Yangon — Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi returned home to Myanmar on Saturday following a two-week European trip that has boosted the country’s links with the EU, say observers.
Ms Suu Kyi, a Nobel laureate and long-time political prisoner, visited Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Britain and Italy on her second European tour this year, having gone to Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic in September.
During the trip she met with EU leaders, including European Parliament President Martin Schulz and President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, according to reports.
In London, she met with Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and British Prime Minister David Cameron, and held talks with the British deputy prime minister and the foreign secretary.
She also met with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
During the tour she called for constitutional change in Myanmar to ensure a free and fair 2015 general election.
Ms Suu Kyi accepted several honors during the trip, including the Sakharov Human Rights Prize, an honorable Ph.D from Louvian-la-Neuve University, and Rome’s honorary citizenship which was conferred to her in 1994.
In April this year, the EU announced complete lifting of sanctions against Myanmar with the exception of the embargo on arms.
Following this, the EU and Myanmar held the first ever forum in the capital of Nay Pyi Taw in June to advance bilateral relations.
EU Ambassador David Lipman visited Myanmar in July.