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Thailand Foreign Ministry Meet Ambassadors For Terror Alert

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will this week invite ambassadors of 16 countries which have not yet canceled the terror alert for Thailand to explain the current situation to them.

Foreign Affairs Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said although the U.S.’s terror alert was still in place, the U.S. embassy had agreed to lower the alert level. The terror alert message which used to appear on the front page of the embassy’s website is now on the inner page.

The permanent secretary for foreign affairs is scheduled to convene with the ambassadors of 16 countries, including the U.S., within this week in order to create a better understanding with them about the current situation in Thailand. The meeting is being arranged as it has been 15 days from the period of 13-15 January, during which the countries feared that terrorist attacks might take place in the Kingdom.

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January 31, 2012 |

Tshering Dorji Bhutanese Ambassador To Bid Farewell From Thailand

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His Excellency Mr. Tshering Dorji, Bhutanese Ambassador to Thailand, paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at the Government House to bid farewell upon completing his term of office in Thailand.

Prime Minister Yingluck greeted and thanked Mr. Tshering for encouraging good relationships between Thailand and Bhutan. She also expressed appreciations towards His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of the Kingdom of Bhutan for allowing the Thai government to exhibit a sacred tooth relic of Buddha Kassapa in Thailand since December 2011. The lending of the relic is intended to celebrate the 7th cycle birthday anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and to boost morale of Thai people, many of whom were affected by the flood situation.

Mr. Tshering said that it was the first time for the relic to be exhibited outside the Kingdom of Bhutan, and the lending reflected the well-established and amicable relations between the two countries.

On this occasion, Prime Minister Yingluck also said she was pleased with the Thai-Bhutanese relations which have been good. The Prime Minister reaffirmed she was ready to cooperate with the Bhutanese government in all aspects as she earlier reiterated it during an audience with HM King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck when he visited Thailand on 21 November 2011.

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January 25, 2012 |

Thailand Invited DCM of U.S. Embassy In Bangkok To Discuss Terror Alert

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has invited the Deputy Chief of Mission from the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok to discuss Thailand’s security after the latter’s posting of terror warnings last week.

Mr. Thani Thongphakdi, Director-General of the Department of Information and Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, said that Mr. Sihasak Phuangketkeow, Permanent Secretary of Foreign Ministry, on Tuesday, invited Ms. Judith Beth Cefkin, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, to a meeting on Thailand’s security situation.

The meeting cane on the heels of the US Embassy’s last week posting of terror warnings for American citizens in the Thai capital.

Ms. Celfkin joined the meeting on behalf of Ambassador Kristie Kenney, who is on mission overseas.

According to the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Mr. Sihasak has expressed Thailand’s concerns over the terror alerts, which should have been handled with caution and discretion as such actions could have serious impacts on Thailand.

He added that the meeting has seen both sides reiterating the importance of battling all acts of terror and a closer cooperation.

In addition, Mr. Sihasak has assured Ms. Cefkin that Thailand’s security situation is not to be worried about while necessary safety measures have been put in place to cope with any unexpected circumstances.

The Foreign Ministry Spokesperson added that Ms. Cefkin has acknowledged Thailand’s stance and actions to keep the situation under the control.

Moreover, the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok has promised to consider removing the warnings soon.

When asked about travel advisories issued by various governments, Mr. Thani said that each advisory will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis as other countries have only followed the US Embassy’s move and have not banned their citizens from visiting Thailand.

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January 18, 2012 |

Yingluck Shinawatra Celebrates Chinese New Year at Chinese Embassy

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Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra paid a visit to the Chinese Embassy earlier this morning to attend the Chinese New Year celebration during which she was told to paint an eye on a lion mask, a symbolic gesture, according to a Chinese belief, to bring prosperity and happiness to Thai and Chinese people in Thailand.

Ms. Yingluck was greeted by the ambassador, Mr. Guan Mu, upon her arrival. Participants of this event had witnessed spectacular performances ranging from lion dances to Chinese opera, clay sculpturing and paintings, as well as Chinese music using both Thai and Chinese musical instruments.

An on behalf of the Thai people, the Prime Minister wished on the occasion Chinese people in China a very happy Chinese New Year. Her message was also broadcast live via the CCTV of China. Many Thai people of Chinese descendant, Chinese nationals and business people have also been to the Chinese embassy this morning to celebrate this important day.

 

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January 18, 2012 |

Security Beefed Up At US And Israeli Embassies In Thailand

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National Police Chief Police General Priewpan Damapong has ordered 24-hour surveillance on the US and Israeli embassies as well as tourist attractions in Bangkok to ensure no violence.

Pol. Gen. Priewpan has given instructions to the Metropolitan Police Bureau, the Crime Suppression Division and the Tourist Police to stringently monitor the areas at risk of being attacked by terrorists, such as Khao San Road, Soi Rambuttri and Soi Sukhumvit 22.

Security around the embassies of the US and Israel has also been beefed up since these two countries are well-known enemies of terrorism. At the same time, Patrol and Special Branch officers have been instructed to monitor the safety of other embassies in Bangkok.

The Royal Thai Police asks the public to rest assured of their security since Thailand is not a common terrorist target.

Meanwhile, the Immigration Bureau will collaborate with Israeli Police and Public Security Attaché for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Mr. Yaki Oved, to determine whether or not the recently arrested suspect belongs to the terrorist group, which is plotting against the Israeli Embassy in Bangkok.

On the other hand, leaders from the Thai Patriots Network have gathered in front of the US Embassy in Bangkok to submit a protest letter regarding the terror warning previously issued by the embassy. They claimed that the alert has seriously damaged Thailand’s economy and tourism, as well as raised panic among both local and foreigners in Thailand.

However, the embassy was closed due to a public holiday. Thus, the group has scheduled another protest on 19 January to pressure the US Embassy to take responsibility for its action.

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January 17, 2012 |

Embassies Issue Traveler Alerts in Bangkok Thailand

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The Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said he felt disappointed that the US, Canadian and Australian embassies in Bangkok had issued warnings to their citizens of possible terrorist attacks in the capital without discussing the issue with the Thai Foreign Ministry first. He said the move would affect Thailand’s tourism industry and confidence in its public security. The ministry would send letters to the American, Canadian and Australian ambassadors, seeking explanations about the issuance of the warnings before taking counter measures. Mr Surapong echoed earlier remarks made by Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung that the Thai authorities had received information about the terror suspect before the US issued the warning. Police detained a Lebanese man linked to the Hizbollah group at Suvarnabhumi airport on Thursday night as he attempted to leave the kingdom. The man allegedly told police that his group had planned to attack public areas in Bangkok but cancelled it because Thailand’s security units had learned about the plans. The man’s arrest had prompted the United States and other countries to issue warnings on Friday that tourist venues in Bangkok could be terror targets.

January 14, 2012 |

Warns U.S. Embassy Bomb Plot Thwarted in Bangkok

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The U.S. Embassy had circulated a warning that there was a real and credible terrorist threat against Americans in Bangkok, and Israel issued a similar warning to its citizens. Thai authorities confirmed being informed of a plot and said they were pursuing the missing suspect.

The warnings came during heightened tension over U.S. and Israeli responses to the prospect that Iran is going forward with developing nuclear weapons.

January 14, 2012 |

We Love Your King Kristie Kenny US Embassy in Thailand

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"We love your king," The American Ambassador Kristie Kenny told a small group of newspaper editors
meeting her at her residence. The ambassador stressed that she appreciated each country's need to have
its own laws.

The American Ambassador Kristie Kenny has reiterated that the United States would never interfere in Thailand's political affairs,
and that controversial Article 112 is a legal matter to be sorted out by Thais only.
Clarifying her embassy's and her own roles regarding the so called lese majeste law that recently led
to a jail sentence for a Thai-American, the envoy said her and the embassy's reactions to the case were
strictly that  a response to an individual case, and no more, no less.

The US Embassy's Facebook page had been overwhelmed with angry remarks, some of which expressed in
obscenities, after the United States' reaction to Joe Gordon's 20-year jail sentence was seen
as America siding with the antilese majeste movement here. Street protests were held.
Ambassador Kenny also bore the brunt of the wrath, with furious messages and some profanities
sent to her Twitter account.

She said her Twitter chat with her followers the day after Joe Gordon sentence was handed down
had been planned in advance and the embassy could not have known exactly when the verdict was going to come out
after delays and postponements. The issue of Joe Gordon and lese majeste came up during the Twitter chat,
and although she took diplomatic lines in answering questions, attacks on the embassy's Facebook page began
after the Twitter forum.

"I felt very bad about it," she said, repeating that Americans are friends to Thais on both sides of the political
divide.
January 7, 2012 |
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