The Straits Times
Published on Jun 30, 2014

US embassy snubs top brass with no invite for July 4


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.