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Gen Prayuth expresses satisfaction with foreign relations

Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, leader of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), is satisfied with the information campaign launched by Thai officials as more foreign governments and businessmen gain an improved understanding of the May 22 military takeover which ousted the civilian government, according to a deputy NCPO spokesman.
Col Weerachon Sukondhapatipak, tasked with NCPO's foreign relations, said Gen Prayuth attaches great importance to making foreign countries better understand the situation in Thailand as the country will eventually continue to adhere to the democratic system.
Relevant government agencies have been ordered to explain the situation in Thailand, especially to some countries which have downgraded relations or cut aid to Thailand following the bloodless coup, said Col Weerachon.
A weekly meeting will be held from now on in which Thai military attaches will be briefed on how to explain or communicate with foreign governments to enable them to better understand the NCPO objectives, said Col Weerachon.
Military relations with the US and Australia remain strong although the two countries have disapproved Thailand's military takeover, he said.
A number of foreign diplomats, including the Indian ambassador to Thailand, will meet to confer with Gen Prayuth soon after they have understood the political situation in the kingdom, Col Weerachon added.

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