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PM defends meeting at Four Seasons | Bangkok Post: breakingnews

PM defends meeting at Four Seasons Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said her meeting with a group of businessmen at the Four Seasons Hotel on Feb 8 was was made openly and there was no conflict of interest involved.

Ms Yingluck said this in responding to questions raised by reporters about the ongoing controversies surrounding the meeting with the businessmen, particularly Srettha Thavisin, president of property developer Sansiri Plc.

"In fact, the media knew well that we went there openly. I can assure you that there was no conflict of interest involved.

"Please understand that there are many people who want to give their opinion without wanting anything in return. Today, we still have many other things to do. There was no conflict of interest. There was nothing personal," she said.

The prime minister said this at Suvarnabhumi airport this morning before her departure for Malaysia for a one-day official visit.

Her entourage, which included Defence Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat and National Security Council secretary-general Wichean Potephosree, left for Malaysia in an air force aircraft to Kuala Lumpur.

She said she will talk with the Malaysian leader over general issues including bilateral relations, cross-border trade and cooperation in solving insurgency problems in the southern border provinces.
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