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US urges Thai dialogue, applauds restraint so far

WASHINGTON - The United States on Monday urged ally Thailand to find a peaceful way to resolve deep differences as it applauded restraint shown so far by authorities faced with major protests.

US officials "urge all sides to refrain from violence, exercise restraint and respect the rule of law," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters.

"We do, I would note, applaud the restraint shown thus far by government authorities in this regard," she said.

Harf said that US officials were working with a "full range" of players "to encourage dialogue and a peaceful democratic transition."

AFP


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