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Thailand not target for terrorism: Foreign Ministry

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BANGKOK, 15 February 2012 (NNT) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs insists that the bombing incidents, which took place in Bangkok on Tuesday, were not a terrorist attack, and that Thailand is not a terrorist target.

The Ministry has invited foreign ambassadors as well as members of international organizations in Thailand to hear clarifications on three explosions in Soi Pridi Banomyong 31.

Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, accompanied by Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Sihasak Phuangketkeow, Deputy Police Commissioner General Police General Pansiri Prapawat, deputy chief of the Metropolitan Police Bureau Police Major General Anuchai Lekbumrung, announced that Thailand is not the target of terrorism, given the nation remains neutral and develops friendly relations with all countries.

After the announcement, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Thani Thongphakdi revealed that ambassadors from 45 countries and 2 organizations were present at the clarification. They were assured of the Thai government’s as well as the Foreign Ministry’s operations. They were also requested to support Thai officials with information related to the case and to advise their citizens to continue travelling to Thailand.

Mr Thani said that it was still too early to indicate whether the incident in Bangkok was related to the bombings in India and Georgia or not. He also revealed that none of the representatives to the meeting showed concerns over the incident, reflecting their confidence in the Thai security measures.

He added that prior to the meeting, the Iranian ambassador to Thailand had met with the acting Director-General of the Department of Southeast Asian, Middle East and African Affairs asking for cooperation in verifying the nationalities of the two suspects, who reportedly hold Iranian passports.

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