US envoy talks up Prayut invitation

Davies tries to clear up 'misconception'

US ambassador Glyn Davies (photo by Chanat Katanyu)

The US Ambassador to Thailand has shed light on US President Donald Trump's invitation to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to visit Washington, saying people have a "misconception" that Washington halted diplomatic relations with Bangkok following the coup.

"People have a bit of a misconception about our relationship. They think the relationship ended after the coup, that we stopped working together. That's not true," Glyn Davies told the Bangkok Post during an exclusive interview.

"It's true that our previous administration criticised the coup. Three years after the coup, you had a referendum on your constitution. Your government has said there will be elections next year. So this allows opportunities to talk more with each other," he said.

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