German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, welcomes Burma Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center, for a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Thursday. Pic: AP.

BERLIN (AP) — Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is discussing Burma ‘s future with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, a city Suu Kyi describes as a symbol of success in achieving unity.

Merkel said she planned to discuss how Germany can help “open the way to a better future for people in Burma ” at Thursday’s meeting with Suu Kyi, the first face-to-face encounter between the two. Suu Kyi also met Germany’s largely ceremonial President Joachim Gauck, who recently traveled to Burma, at the start of a several-day visit.

Nobel Peace prize laureate Suu Kyi spent years under house arrest under Burma ‘s previous military regime. She said once-divided Berlin symbolizes how people and different ideologies can be unified and expressed hope that Burma can be turned into “a truly democratic union.”