Thailand’s interim Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said on December 11 that several countries have expressed their support for Thailand 's decision to hold a general election ahead of schedule.

Countries including the United States , China , Germany , Canada and New Zealand have recently voiced concerns over the political unrest in Thailand , said Surapong, who is also Director of the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order.

He added that they wished the Thai Government will seek peaceful solutions by negotiating with the protesters.

They also hoped the general election slated for on Feb. 2, 2014 will proceed smoothly so that the country will restore peace and stability as soon as possible, he said.

Earlier on December 9, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra declared the dissolution of the House of Representatives and the organisation of an early general election to put an end to ongoing political crisis.

Her Puea Thai Party said they support the PM as the party’s top candidate in the election.-VNA