Blair and Annan unofficially accept invitation: Yingluck

national August 09, 2013 00:00

By The Nation

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Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said that information and opinion exchange is the government's goal, through the invitation of internationally influential figures like former British prime minister Tony Blair and former United Nations secretary-genera

She said on Friday that these figures would share their experiences with Thais.
This is on top of public seminars having been hosted as well as the political reform council where Thai leaders are invited, she added.
"We will focus on overseas successful stories and share these with Thai society. At least, we will observe multi-models or studies. Yet, it doesn't mean that we will apply the models with Thailand. The issue of application depends on the context," she said.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry is now in the process of extending invitation. Some have unofficially accepted the invitation including Blair and Annan, the prime minister said. She said that the forum would be hosted in a series, depending on the availability of each famous speaker. This could be held probably once a month or once every two months. 
"We wish to introduce a positive and forward-looking climate, for the national reconciliation. At least, we should be open to local and foreign views," she said.
The forum could begin as early as next week and around 100 participants are expected to join the forum, Deputy Prime Minister Phongthep Thepkanjana said Friday.
"The number of participants should be more than 50 but not over 100, otherwise the opinions could vary too much," he said. 
Phongthep said he understood some of senior figures invited may not be able to join the forum due to their current status. 

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