UN Chief's Myanmar visit
Myanmar pro-democracy leader Suu Kyi talks to reporters after meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Ban in Yangon Reuters

UN Chief Ban Ki-moon has praised Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi saying she is a real leader. Ban, who is on a three-day visit to Myanmar, had a meeting with Suu Kyi.

Speaking about Suu Kyi's decision of withdrawing the boycott to enter the parliament, he said: "I know that it must have been a very difficult situation. But a real leader demonstrates flexibility for the greater cause of the people. This is what she has done and I really admire and respect her decision," according to AFP.

"I am sure she'll play a very constructive and active role as a parliamentarian for the betterment and well-being of this great country," Ban added.

Ban also said the opposition leader is a "symbol of hope for human rights for all", reported BBC.

The recently elected pro-democracy leader Suu Kyi decided to boycott parliament over a single word in the swearing-oath.

Suu Kyi apparently agreed to a compromise after nearly a month. Suu Kyi and other elected members from the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) are expected to enter parliament on Wednesday.

Ban had his first talks with the Nobel Peace Prize winner on Tuesday after his historic address to the Myanmar parliament on Monday.

Acknowledging Ban's compliment Suu Kyi said after hour-long talks: "We have always believed in flexibility, in the political process... that is the only way in which we can achieve our goal without violence," reported AFP.

The opposition leader also uttered a word of caution about the aid coming to the country. Suu Kyi said: "Whenever aid comes to Burma... it should come in such a way to empower the people and decrease dependence on the government."

Ban had called for easing of sanctions during his parliament address. While encouraging the recent reforms taking place in the country Ban said the transition is fragile and needs careful nurturing.

The UN Secretary General also held talks with President Thein Sein earlier on Monday.

During his last visit in 2009, Ban was barred from meeting Suu Kyi who was under house arrest then.