BANGKOK, 12 September 2015 – Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand stated that many foreign embassies have expressed their concern and condolences over the Ratchaprasong bomb blast rather than criticize the work of related officials for being slow in finding a conclusion to the case.
The Minister said that his Ministry and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports are doing their best to bring back confidence. As for the case of protests in Turkey, Don said it is considered an internal affair; however, the Thai embassy has already warned Thai citizens living in Turkey to avoid risky areas for their own safety.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence General Prawit Wongsuwon mentioned that immigration procedures will be stepped up which include face-scanning and fingerprint checking of people entering and leaving the country. To ensure the result, budgets will be provided for purchasing state-of-the-art equipment or technology to screen travelers. He added that there was no need for additional personnel in the immigration work since the current number of officials is both sufficient and efficient. However, if any officials are found to be negligent of their duties, they would be transferred from their post immediately.