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My speech in Mongolia summed up lessons learnt, Yingluck says

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday defended a speech she made on Thai democracy and the 2006 coup during her recent trip to Mongolia, saying she had simply offered lessons learned from the country's recent past.

Yingluck made the comments on her weekly television programme on government-run Channel 11.

The premier stressed that people should work together to achieve peace and reconciliation, as she did not wish to see a recurrence of the bloodshed and pain that occurred in 2010.

"How can we enable everyone to move forward and co-exist and see peace and reconciliation for the nation? It is important and a big issue for the country to be able to move forward," the prime minister said.

On charter amendment, Yingluck sought to assure the public by saying that the move will strengthen democracy.

Regarding her trip to Mongolia, the prime minister said it helped forge closer economic ties between the two nations and stressed that her visit was the first by a Thai prime minister in the 39-year history of bilateral relations. Mongolia, she said, is endowed with a wealth of natural resources. She took with her business leaders from the private sector in the areas of energy, agriculture, finance, education and health to explore opportunities in the country, and has set a target of doubling trade between the two nations within three years.

The premier said her Mongolian counterpart had also inquired about the possibility of establishing a direct air link between the two countries to facilitate trade and investment.


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