Indonesia not to evacuate its citizens from Thailand: FM

19:11, April 23, 2010      

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Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa said on Friday that Indonesia will not evacuate its citizens from Thailand following the deadly chaos in the country.

"We are yet to increase the level of alertness for our citizens living and working in Thailand. We advise them to stay away from large gathering, improve vigilance and report their whereabouts to the Indonesian embassy," the minister told a press conference to respond to the ongoing violent condition in Thailand.

He said that Indonesia has issued travel advisory for Indonesians who are willing to travel to Vietnam. For those who intend to go to Thailand, the minister advised them to anticipate and get prepared to respond to the ongoing situation in Thailand.

Reports said that there were over 1,300 Indonesians working and living in Thailand currently.

According to the foreign affairs spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah, an Indonesian was injured in the latest chaos incited by grenade blast.

The spokesperson said that the injured Indonesian had already gone home after proper treatment in a hospital.

Source: Xinhua


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