At the invitation of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi will visit Norway from 15 to 18 June.
During her visit, she will give her Nobel Lecture and take part in the annual Oslo Forum Mediators’ Retreat, among other things.
In 2010, Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest in Myanmar after many years’ struggle for democracy and human rights. As leader of the opposition party National League for Democracy, she was elected to the lower chamber of Myanmar’s parliament in April this year. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, but was under house arrest at the time. Her husband and two sons received the prize on her behalf.
“I am delighted that Aung San Suu Kyi can at last be here in person to be celebrated as Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Norway has long supported democratic forces in Myanmar and welcomes the political reforms. We are honoured that Aung San Suu Kyi has accepted our invitation and that Norway will be one of the first countries she visits now that she is able to leave Myanmar,” said Mr Stoltenberg.
Aung San Suu Kyi will meet Mr Stoltenberg during her visit. She will give her Nobel Lecture in Oslo City Hall on 16 June, and, in keeping with tradition, will greet the Norwegian people from the balcony of Grand Hotel.
Aung San Suu Kyi will also visit Bergen and the Rafto Foundation. She was awarded the Rafto Prize in 1990.
Her visit to Norway is her first visit abroad after her release from house arrest.