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Cooperation with US, Australia to continue

Thailand continues to cooperate and engage with the US and Australia in military exercises despite their opposition to the May 22 power seizure, the junta's deputy spokesperson Colonel Sirichan Ngathong said yesterday.

The military exercises with the US, called Cobra Gold Balance Torch and Hanuman Guardian, were held as scheduled, she said.

Sirichan added that training with the US military on Counter Improvised Explosive Devices/Attack was held at the Directorate of Intelligence between May 29 and June 6.

The Thai and Australian military also trained together on Intelligence Preparation for the Battlefield as scheduled between June 9 and 20.

About 90 per cent of the cooperation and military exercises have continued as scheduled, she said.

Meanwhile Winthai Suvari, another deputy spokesperson, said the junta understood the reasons behind the decision on the guest list for the 4th of July celebrations.

He said the the US Embassy in Bangkok had to be careful about public functions at this period of time, adding that each country had its own rules and traditions on how they should behave in public.

The US Embassy marked independence day on Thursday night, but top military leaders were not invited.

However, former members of the Yingluck Shinawatra Cabinet attended the event.


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