YANGON - Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will meet Myanmar President Thein Sein in the capital Naypyidaw, officials said Tuesday, after landmark by-elections that saw the democracy icon elected to parliament. The Nobel laureate will fly early Wednesday for the meeting and return in the afternoon, according to a security officer from her National League for Democracy (NLD) party. A government official also confirmed the talks to AFP, describing them as “a private meeting”.  It is the second meeting between Suu Kyi and Thein Sein since the former junta prime minister took office last year, marking the end of nearly half a century of military rule.

The pair held landmark talks in August 2011, in a move seen as heralding a series of reforms that have surprised observers of the previously reclusive nation.

Suu Kyi, who spent 15 of the past 22 years locked up by the junta, won a seat in parliament for the first time in April 1 by-elections that were largely praised by the West as a step towards democracy.

The 66-year-old’s party secured 43 of the 44 seats it contested, becoming the main opposition force in a national parliament dominated by the military and its political allies.

She will take her seat in the lower house for the first time on April 23, her party said on Monday.

The meeting with Thein Sein comes as the international community begins to lift sanctions on Myanmar as a reward for its recent reform moves, which have included welcoming Suu Kyi’s party back into the political mainstream and releasing hundreds of political prisoners.

British Prime Minister David Cameron is due to hold talks with both Thein Sein and Suu Kyi on Friday as part of a visit to the country that will be the first by a top Western leader under the new regime.

The NLD swept to a landslide election victory in 1990, when Suu Kyi was in detention, but the junta never recognised the result.

Thein Sein’s quasi-civilian regime came to power following a controversial 2010 election that was marred by the absence of Suu Kyi and her party and won by the military’s political proxies.

Observers say the regime now needs Suu Kyi in parliament to bolster the legitimacy of its political system and spur an easing of Western sanctions.

Suu Kyi has rejected suggestions that she would enter government as a result of her by-election victory.

But she has not ruled out taking on an advisory role, particularly on the subject of the ethnic minority conflicts that have gripped parts of the country since independence.

The government has intensified efforts to bolster peace with insurgent groups amid pressure from the international community, and the president and opposition leader separately met Karen rebel leaders at the weekend.

In January the regime signed a ceasefire with the Karen National Union, whose armed wing has been battling the government since 1949. It has also signed a number of similar deals with other rebels.

But ongoing fighting in northern Kachin state has cast a shadow over the peace efforts, displacing tens of thousands of people since it erupted last year.

Authorities postponed the by-elections in three constituencies in the state, citing security concerns, and rights groups have claimed serious abuses continue in the area.