BANGKOK, 16 February 2012 – The U.S. Ambassador met with the Thai Supreme Commander on Thursday to discuss the three bomb blasts in downtown Bangkok. The U.S. Embassy Spokesman confirmed the U.S. did not discourage its citizens to travel to Thailand but suggested that they be careful.
Before U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Kristie Kenny traveled to meet Supreme Commander Gen. Tanasak Patimapragorn at 2 pm today, U.S. Embassy Spokesman Braunohler told reporters that U.S. diplomats regularly talked to Thai officials in the national police bureau, the army and national security units. He said the meeting between the Ambassador and the Supreme Commander today would touch on the 14 February blasts in Bangkok. The U.S. Embassy expressed deep sorrow with the injured, the Spokesman said.
Mr. Braunohler also remarked that it was still too early to make conclusions about the incident or voicing personal views since authorities were investigating the blasts. The most important issue right now was security for American citizens in Bangkok as well as those who were about to traveling here, he said.
The Spokesman expressed the U.S. Embassy’s readiness to cooperate with Thai authorities in all aspects and confirmed the U.S.-Thai relations were strong. As for the Embassy’s terror alert on Thailand, the Spokesman said the alert was nothing short of a warning for both Americans and Thais, not a travel ban.