No evacuation plan for Thais in Egypt: Foreign Ministry

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BANGKOK, July 4 – Thailand is concerned about the situation in Egypt following a military move toppling Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, but there is no evacuation plan for Thais living there.

Thai foreign ministry deputy spokesperson Jakkrit Srivali said Thailand is worried about the situation in Egypt following the ouster of President Morsi by military action.

He said the Thai foreign ministry will soon declare its stance on the situation and urged the North African country to solve its political problem through democratic means.

Although hundreds of Thais, including students, live in Egypt, Mr Jakkrit said the Thai embassy has not yet announced an evacuation of Thai nationals as the situation is not yet indicating the likelihood of bloodshed.

However the ministry has kept contact with the Thai Association and Thai students, advising them to stay home with enough food, water and cash, in case of any emergency.

Agence France-Press (AFP) news agency earlier reported the Egyptian army operations came as Mr Morsi failed to respond to the army’s 48-hour ultimatum to find an agreement with protesters staging anti-government protests.

As the army seized power, it cancelled the constitution and appointed the head of Egypt’s top court as interim president.

The ousted president and leading members of his Muslim Brotherhood Party are reportedly being detained in an army camp and are banned from leaving the country.