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05 December 2008 :: 08:12:24 am 39713

British Envoy Urges Thailand to Speed Up Restoring Image

BANGKOK, Dec 4 - The Thai government must step up its efforts to restore the country's image as soon as possible following the week-long siege of Bangkok's international and domestic airports by anti-government protesters, according to British Ambassador to Thailand Quinton Quayle.
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He said he had experienced difficulties in traveling into Thailand since the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) protesters besieged Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports beginning last week.

“I spent almost three days attempting to travel into Thailand. I saw almost one thousand Thai and foreign passengers stranded in the airport. It gives a very negative impression in the eyes of foreigners,” he said.

Mr. Quayle said the incident had affected Thailand’s macro-economy.
It had a negative impact on investment sentiment and tourism from which the revenue earned annually accounts for 10 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

So, he believes the Thai government must step up its efforts to address the nation’s problems and restore the country’s devastated image without delay in order to reduce the adverse impact.

“I hope all parties will join hands to accelerate creating mutual understanding and abide by His Majesty the King’s advice and the rule of law to restore the image and creditworthiness of the country,” the envoy said.

Mr. Quayle said he was personally quite sympathetic with the Thai government because it must be heavily responsible for creating proper understanding among agencies, boosting safety standards, and putting airports in place. (TNA)




Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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