Israel celebrates release of Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi

Israel has hailed the release of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as a step towards freedom in the Asian country.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman said: “Israel warmly welcomes the release from prolonged house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi.

“We hope that her walking free will constitute a first step for the advance of democratisation and national reconciliation in [Burma].”

The Nobel Laureate was released on Saturday after spending almost 15 of the last 21 years under house arrest.

Her party, the National League for Democracy, won a landslide victory in a 1990 election but the result was suppressed by the Burmese military junta.

Last updated: 2:43pm, November 15 2010