THE THAI EMBASSY in Australia has dismissed a statement by an anti-coup group in Australia, which claimed Canberra had downgraded bilateral relations because of the coup in Thailand in May.
The embassy said the Thai Alliance for Human Rights Australia had distorted information in its online statement that military links between Thailand and Australia had been downgraded.
The embassy said the statement was groundless and may create misunderstanding. It claimed the group’s intention was politically motivated and for its own benefit.
The statement, which was based on a joint statement by the Thai foreign minister and Australia’s defence minister on May 31, said nothing about downgrading ties with the Thai military.
“It instead talked about lowering the level of interaction with the Thai military leadership. It did not ban visits of Thai junta leaders but said Australia would use a mechanism to prevent the visits to Australia,” the Thai Foreign Ministry said.
Australia only delayed three joint military exercises, not other military cooperation.
The Thai group in Australia is part of Free Thai Movement, set up by anti-coup leaders overseas.