Dublin: Aung San Suu Kyi landed in Ireland on Tuesday for a flying visit on her European tour, with U2 star Bono by her side as she headed to collect a prize honouring her unwavering commitment to human rights.

Myanmar's democracy icon flew into Dublin with the Irish singer on his private jet after the pair co-hosted a panel at a peace forum in Oslo, where Suu Kyi has herself received a rock star welcome from crowds of thousands.

Wearing a long, patterned black skirt and a yellow scarf, Suu Kyi looked relaxed as she posed for photos with the rock star at the airport, and welcomed Ireland's announcement that it was sending a non-resident ambassador to Myanmar.

"I am very happy we are going to have an Irish ambassador accredited to Burma because I believe in engagement," the Nobel peace laureate told reporters.

"The greater engagement there is between nations, the better for the whole world."

Irish President Michael D Higgins and his wife greeted Suu Kyi at their residence, before the "Electric Burma" concert in Dublin hosted by Amnesty International. Bono, who has long supported Suu Kyi's freedom struggle and dedicated the song "Walk On" to her, was to present Suu Kyi at the concert with the rights group's most prestigious prize, the Ambassador of Conscience Award.

The U2 frontman was set to perform along with artists from around the world including fellow rock star activist Bob Geldof, Benin singer Angelique Kidjo, US rapper Lupe Fiasco, and Ireland's Riverdance troupe.

After the concert, thousands of people were expected at an open-air event outside the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, where Suu Kyi will be given the Freedom of the City of Dublin some 12 years after she was named for the honour.

She is expected to address the crowds, who will sing "happy birthday" to her, a day before she turns 67.


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