BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s military government has summoned the U.S. charge d’affaires after a top U.S. diplomat called for an end to martial law and said the impeachment of a former prime minister could be politically motivated.
The meeting Wednesday came after a visit to Thailand by the U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, Daniel Russel.
Thai Deputy Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said Russel’s comments had “hurt” many Thais and showed a lack of understanding of Thai politics.
Thailand is a long-standing U.S. ally. In a speech to students at a Bangkok university on Monday, Russel also expressed concerns about restraints on freedom of expression.
The Southeast Asian country has been under martial law since the military staged a coup last May.