Australia's embassy in Bangkok to remain open

18:19, May 14, 2010      

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Australia's embassy in Bangkok was to remain open despite current violence between Thai government and anti-government "red shirt" protesters, Australian Associated Press reported on Friday.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade ( DFAT) said the Australian embassy was located well away from the area where clashes had occurred.

However, other embassies, including those of the United States, Britain and New Zealand, were much closer to the action and were either closing or reducing their activities.

"Our embassy is not located in or even adjacent to the affected areas and it is remaining open for the present," the spokeswoman said.

"Obviously, as has been the case for a while, that is constantly under review but at present we are not planning any shutdown."

DFAT continue to advise those planning a trip to Thailand to reconsider the need to travel because of the widening political unrest and civil disorder.



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