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U.S. Meets Thai Supreme Commander For Bombings

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The U.S. Ambassador met with the Thai Supreme Commander on Thursday to discuss the three bomb blasts in downtown Bangkok. The U.S. Embassy Spokesman confirmed the U.S. did not discourage its citizens to travel to Thailand but suggested that they be careful.

Before U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Kristie Kenny traveled to meet Supreme Commander Gen.Thanasak Patimapakorn at 2 pm today, U.S. Embassy Spokesman Braunohler told reporters that U.S. diplomats regularly talked to Thai officials in the national police bureau, the army and national security units. He said the meeting between the Ambassador and the Supreme Commander today would touch on the 14 February blasts in Bangkok. The U.S. Embassy expressed deep sorrow with the injured, the Spokesman said.

Mr. Braunohler also remarked that it was still too early to make conclusions about the incident or voicing personal views since authorities were investigating the blasts. The most important issue right now was security for American citizens in Bangkok as well as those who were about to traveling here, he said.

The Spokesman expressed the U.S. Embassy’s readiness to cooperate with Thai authorities in all aspects and confirmed the U.S.-Thai relations were strong. As for the Embassy’s terror alert on Thailand, the Spokesman said the alert was nothing short of a warning for both Americans and Thais, not a travel ban.

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February 17, 2012 |

US Consulate In Chiang Mai On Security Alert

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The US Consulate General in Chiang Mai has tightened security after the province has been named a terror target.

Following 3 blasts in central Bangkok on Tuesday, the US government and 9 other countries have issued alert messages for their citizens while traveling in Thailand.

Included in the alert is the list of provinces that Washington has named as possible terror target, and Chiang Mai is one of them.

As a result, the US Consulate General has stepped up security measures, such as thorough searches on visitors and their belongings, more security guards around its premises, and a ban on parking near the compound wall.

Elsewhere in the province, the Chiang Mai Police Department has also ordered more patrols at all popular tourist attractions, other foreign consulates, and areas popular among foreign expatriates in the province.

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February 16, 2012 |
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