Suu Kyi cautions India against Myanmar over-optimism


Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has urged India not to be over-optimistic about political changes in her homeland, ahead of her first visit to New Delhi in a quarter of a century.

Ms Suu Kyi, who was a student in New Delhi where her mother served as an ambassador, spoke in a newspaper interview of her sadness at the Indian government's ties with Myanmar's former military government, which kept her under house arrest for 15 out of 22 years before her release in 2010. 

Her invitation to India is seen as an attempt by the Indian government to rebuild the relationship with Ms Suu Kyi.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited neighbouring Myanmar in May to try to strengthen trade links and counter the influence of regional rival China. 

The two governments signed 12 agreements covering an array of issues including security, development of border areas, trade and transport links. 

Ms Suu Kyi is due to arrive in India later today. 

She will meet Dr Singh and deliver the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru memorial lecture tomorrow.