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MFA to explain terrorism situation in Thailand to 18 individual countries

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BANGKOK, 19 January 2012 (NNT) – The Foreign Ministry stated that Thailand must give USA time to revoke the terror alert while MFA officials have been appointed to clarify the situation to 18 other countries individually.

Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul gave an interview regarding the US attitude that still maintains a terror alert on Thailand, stating that the Foreign Permanent Secretary has already met with the American Chargé d’Affaires to encourage that country to lift the terrorist threat warning in Thailand.

Consequently, the US diplomat had promised to promptly coordinate with the US government. Thus, Mr. Surapong sees no need to call in the American Chargé d’Affaires for a second round of discussion. He added that the US government must be given some time to proceed with the revocation of the alert.

However, he expressed hopes that the US government will consider lifting the alert very shortly seeing that no acts of terrorism have taken place in Thailand despite the US warning of possible attacks during 13-15 January.

Meanwhile, he has appointed the Department of Information Director-General and MFA Spokesperson, Mr Thani Thongphakdi, and the MFA Permanent Secretary to clarify the situation to the 18 countries which have also issued similar travel advice on Thailand following the US example on an individual basis.

The Foreign Minister said that he does not believe that any act of terrorism would take place within Thailand since Thailand is a peaceful country and friends with every nation.

Read more: NNT

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