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Australian foreign minister hopes to see Thai political tension eased

Australia has hoped that the dissolution of House of Representatives and election will help ease the political tension in Thailand.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop noted in her statement issued today although Thailand had been grappling with major political challenges, she appreciated the way in which the Thai authorities had allowed peaceful demonstrations and had responded in a restrained manner.

"Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Julie Bishop, has expressed the hope that decision by Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to call an early election for February 2014 will help ease the country's political tensions," read the statement.

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