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US embassy snubs top brass with no invite for July 4

Published on Jun 30, 2014 11:20 AM
 The US embassy in Bangkok did not extend an invitation to any members of Thailand's junta, including leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha (above). -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - It is very hard for the United States to regard the military coup in Thailand as business as usual.

The US embassy in Bangkok has not extended an invitation to any key member of the junta to attend its Independence Day celebration this week.

Washington has discouraged formal associations or celebrations with Thai military officers who were directly involved in the military coup on May 22 to topple the elected government, according to a diplomatic source.

The US embassy has organised a reception on Thursday at a Bangkok hotel to celebrate Independence Day.

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