With the military staging a bloodless coup in Thailand to assume control of the troubled nation, India has withdrawn a contingent of troops who had gone there for a bilateral army exercise, besides calling for an urgent ‘political resolution’ to the crisis.
The contingent of 50 troops which had recently gone to participate in the ‘Maitree’ series of war games has been ‘advised to return’, the Ministry of External Affairs has said. The troops are expected to return home shortly as the planned exercise has not started yet.
A Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said while the Indian community in Thailand is safe, India is concerned with the recent developments and is ‘monitoring the evolving situation closely’.
India said a solution needs to be found within a democratic framework.
“We hope for an urgent political resolution and restoration of normalcy based on the principles of democracy, the will of the people and rule of law in Thailand,” the spokesperson said.