Myanmar's high-profile new foreign minister, Aung San Suu Kyi, has met her Canadian counterpart as dignitaries stream into the country to meet the Nobel laureate.

At a joint news conference Thursday, Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion congratulated Myanmar on installing its first civilian government in decades and on its transition from military rule to democracy.

He was the latest dignitary to meet Suu Kyi, who hosted the foreign ministers of China and Italy in separate talks earlier this week.

In November, the country held its first free election in decades, which Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party won by a landslide.

The new government took office last week.