20 Aug 2011

Suu Kyi holds talks with Myanmar president

4:10 pm on 20 August 2011

Government officials in Myanmar say pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has met the new president, Thein Sein, for the first time.

The officials say the meeting took place at the presidential palace in the capital, Naypyidaw, but gave no further details.

Aung San Suu Kyi spent 15 years in detention under Myanmar's previous military rulers.

The BBC reports that the move comes amid signs that the new government is trying to soften its image.

The government came to power after widely criticised elections in November 2010 that replaced military rule with an army-backed, nominally civilian government.

The polls were boycotted by Ms Suu Kyi's party, the National League for Democracy, because it said the election laws were unfair.