Updated: 10/28/2013 03:33 | By Agence France-Presse

Aung San Suu Kyi collects Rome citizenship

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi finally became an honorary citizen of Rome Sunday, 19 years after the honour was awarded to her.


Aung San Suu Kyi collects Rome citizenship

Nobel Peace Laureate and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (C) poses with the Mayor of Rome Ignazio Marino (R) and former minister and mayor of Rome Francesco Rutelli on October 27, 2013 at the Campidoglio in Rome

The Nobel peace laureate was given the citizenship in 1994 but spent most of the past two decades under house arrest in Myanmar which meant she was unable to collect her award.

Rome mayor Ignazio Marino said on his Twitter account that the city could "finally award it to a free woman".

At a ceremony at the town hall, a modest Suu Kyi denied that she had done anything special, saying only that she had made "choices" in her life and "not sacrifices".

On Monday Suu Kyi will meet both Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta and President Giorgio Napolitano.

She will also be granted an audience with Pope Francis before heading to the city of Bologna to accept another citizenship.

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