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Canberra hopes political tensions in Thailand eased peacefully

File photo : Julie Bishop//Photo : AP

File photo : Julie Bishop//Photo : AP

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.

She also encouraged all parties to resolve their political differences through peaceful democratic processes and with respect for the rule of law.

She reiterated Thailand had Australia's goodwill and support as it tried to find ways to settle its political difficulties.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Smartraveller advice for Thailand alerts Australians to the protests and advises them to avoid all demonstrations and largescale gatherings, monitor developments that might affect their safety in Thailand and plan their travel accordingly.

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