Thai diplomats told to explain coup

Junta chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha on Wednesday asked Thai envoys to help explain the reasons behind the coup to foreign governments, and not to be antagonistic toward countries that oppose it.

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Gen Prayuth met 23 Thai ambassadors and consuls-general serving at missions in 21 countries, including the United States and Australia, at Royal Thai Army headquarters in Bangkok on Wednesday. Senior officials of the Foreign Ministry also attended the meeting.

Gen Prayuth said foreign affairs officials should help explain the situation in Thailand to other countries. He insisted that his National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)  and governmental organisations were working on solving problems in the national interest.

The NCPO chief admitted it was not possible to convince all countries to support his council, but Thailand would not get into a dispute with these governments and instead try to create an understanding with them.

The ambassadors and consuls-general were also briefed on the NCPO's roadmap to reconciliation, reform and elections, so they can explain it to other governments.

Diplomats at the meeting included ambassador to the Hague Virachai Plasai, ambassador to Berlin Nongnuth Phetcharatana, ambassador to Washington Wichawat Isarabhakdi, ambassador to Paris Apichat Chinwanno, ambassador to Tokyo Thanatip Upatising, and consul-general to Sydney Teerathep Promvongsanon.

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