Published On: Sat, Feb 7th, 2015

Thai junta summons US diplomat over US red-shirt visit

Thai junta summons US diplomat over US red-shirt visit

The Thai authorities summoned the US Chargé d’Affaires for talks over visits by US Embassy staff to red shirt leaders and ex-Pheu Thai politicians in the Northeast, noting that the visits might have a political effect and be inappropriate.

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The Thai authorities summoned the US Chargé d’Affaires for talks over visits by US Embassy staff to red shirt leaders and ex-Pheu Thai politicians in the Northeast, noting that the visits might have a political effect and be inappropriate. Kitti Wasinondh, the Deputy Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), revealed on Saturday that the NLA had issued a letter to summon W. Patrick Murphy, the US Chargé d’Affaires to Thailand, for a discussion over US diplomats’ visits to the leaders of the anti-establishment red shirts in Isan, Thailand’s Northeast. The letter summoned the US Chargé for a discussion on 11 February. The US Embassy has not yet revealed whether it will comply with the summons or not. Wasinondh commented that the visits are inappropriate in the current political situation and that they might have political effects later on. Matichon Online quoted a red-shirt leader source that US Embassy personnel on Sunday visited several key red-shirt leaders and ex-Pheu Thai Members of Parliament in Isan. However, the source also mentioned that many of those who the Embassy personnel wished to meet reportedly declined the invitation out of fear of repercussions from the military. Last week, Daniel Russel, the US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, met Yingluck Shinawatra, the ex-Prime…

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