UK backs peace in Thailand, says PM
- Published: 17/11/2012 at 03:28 PM
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England prefers to see Thailand resolve internal political issues through parliamentary and peaceful means under the democratic system, says Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Speaking on her weekly TV programme about her trip to the UK earlier this week, the premier said British investors believed political instability would directly affect the Thai economy and disrupted development. Therefore ,the government's attempt to support a peaceful reconciliation process is accepted internationally.
The premier said she told British investors that everything should be concluded in Parliament, which is in line with the opinions of those investors who would like to see democracy as the mechanism for resolving conflict.
She gave a similar answer to Prime Minister David Cameron when they discussed the economic and political situations in Thailand.
Ms Yingluk said the Thai side also explained strategic investment plans to create connectivity in Asean and invited British businesses to invest in Thailand in agriculture and alternative energy. She also suggested that they consider using Thailand as a production base for business in Southeast Asia, thanks to the country's strategic location.
Thailand has favourable factors suitable to promoting investment such as a large population, high level of skilled labour and interesting cultures, she added.
The UK business community wanted the Thai government to improve the facilitation of new investment, such as speeding up visa and immigration procedures.
Ms Yingluck said the delegation studied high-speed train management in London to apply as a model for mass-transit development in Thailand, as the UK has developed areas at connecting stations based on convenience for commuters.
Transport Minister Chatchart Sithipan said Thailand would continue with plans to get a high-speed rail system running within 5-6 years.
Ms Yingluck also said that agenda for discussions with US President Barack Obama and Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao would be similar to what was discussed with the UK prime minister.
The reason, she said, is that all countries want to see development in Asean and they attach a lot of weight to Thailand which has acted as a good coordinator in the region.
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