(WASHINGTON) -- The Pentagon announced on Saturday that it would cancel scheduled military engagements with Thailand due to the ongoing coup.
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement that "it is important that the Royal Thai Armed Forces end this coup and restore to the people of Thailand both the principles and the process of democratic rule." The U.S. and Thailand have had a "long and productive" military relationship, Kirby said, but the U.S. action was required due to "democratic principles and U.S. law."
The Pentagon decision will cancel ongoing three events, including the ongoing Exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2014, a June visit by the U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Harry Harris to Thailand and an invitation for the Royal Thai Armed Forces Commander General Tanasak to visit U.S. Pacific Command in June.
The Pentagon statement also said that additional engagements would remain under review until the coup is over, urging the Royal Thai Armed Forces to "act in the best interests of their fellow citizens."
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