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Myanmar leader Suu Kyi makes first official trip, to Laos

  • Myanmar's foreign minister and de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, left, walks with Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar Armed Forces General Min Aung Hlaing, right, in the airport of capital Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Friday, May 6, 2016. Suu Kyi and Myanmar's president Htin Kyaw left Myanmar on a one-day official visit to Laos, their first overseas tour since taking over power in March 2016. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

    Myanmar's foreign minister and de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, left, walks with Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar Armed Forces General Min Aung Hlaing, right, in the airport of capital Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Friday, May 6, 2016. Suu Kyi and Myanmar's president Htin Kyaw left Myanmar on a one-day official visit to Laos, their first overseas tour since taking over power in March 2016. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Myanmar's President Htin Kyaw waves just before taking off from capital Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Friday, May 6, 2016. Myanmar' s de facto leader Suu Kyi and President Htin Kyaw left Myanmar on a one-day official visit to Laos, their first overseas tour since taking over power in March 2016. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

    Myanmar's President Htin Kyaw waves just before taking off from capital Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Friday, May 6, 2016. Myanmar' s de facto leader Suu Kyi and President Htin Kyaw left Myanmar on a one-day official visit to Laos, their first overseas tour since taking over power in March 2016. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Myanmar Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, center, walks to board a flight as Myanmar's commander-in-chief Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, left, watches in the airport of capital Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Friday, May 6, 2016. Suu Kyi and Myanmar's president Htin Kyaw left Myanmar on a one-day official visit to Laos, their first overseas tour since taking over power in March, 2016. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

    Myanmar Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, center, walks to board a flight as Myanmar's commander-in-chief Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, left, watches in the airport of capital Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Friday, May 6, 2016. Suu Kyi and Myanmar's president Htin Kyaw left Myanmar on a one-day official visit to Laos, their first overseas tour since taking over power in March, 2016. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)  (The Associated Press)

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's de facto leader and foreign minister, has visited neighboring Laos in her first official trip abroad.

Myanmar and Laotian state media reported that Suu Kyi accompanied Myanmar President Htin Kyaw on an official visit Friday at the invitation of the president of Laos, Bounnhang Vorachit.

The Laotian state news agency KPL said the purpose of the visit was to strengthen relations and cooperation between the countries.

It said both sides also exchanged points of view on regional and international issues of common interest, and discussed restarting direct flights between major destinations in both countries.