Suu Kyi seeks professionalism in Myanmar's military

Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Saturday she wants to see her country's army develop professionalism.

"I have great admiration for Nepal's army for their professionalism. I would want to see the military of my own country behave professionally," she said in a keynote speech at an international conference on the relevance of democratic socialism in Kathmandu.

Suu Kyi arrived in Nepal on Friday on a four-day visit at the invitation of the Nepalese government.

Also praising Nepal's efforts to draft an inclusive Constitution, she said, "We are trying to achieve a Constitution acceptable to all our people."

She said the legislature and the judiciary have yet to make their presence after five decades of military rule and the people in Myanmar have yet to understand that the state organs are an important part of governance.

Suu Kyi met with Nepali Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Friday and President Ram Baran Yadav on Saturday.

She is scheduled to visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, in western Nepal on Sunday.

Suu Kyi, who last visited Nepal more than four decades ago, has penned a book titled "Let's Visit Nepal," which describes the geography, history, people and customs of Nepal.