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Suu Kyi meets Queen Elizabeth for lunch

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Prince William greet Aung San Suu Kyi ahead of a private lunch at Buckingham Palace in London on 5 May 2017. (Photo: Reuters)

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi met Britain’s Queen Elizabeth for lunch on Friday at Buckingham Palace.

The Nobel laureate Suu Kyi — who serves as Burma’s foreign minister while also being de facto head of its civilian government — later met Prince Charles, heir to the throne, and his wife Camilla.

Prince William, Charles’s elder son, attended the queen’s lunch with Suu Kyi, the palace said.

Suu Kyi, who took power in April 2016 as part of a transition from military rule, has denied ethnic cleansing in the Muslim-majority northern Arakan State.

Attacks on Burmese border guard posts in October last year by a previously unknown insurgent group ignited the biggest crisis so far for Suu Kyi, with more than 75,000 Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh in the ensuing army crackdown.