US suspends $3.5 million in military aid to Thailand after coup, reviews other assistance

The Associated Press
May 23, 2014 10:54 AM

WASHINGTON - The U.S. State Department says it has suspended $3.5 million in military aid to Thailand.

Spokeswoman Marie Harf announced the step Friday, a day after the Thai military seized power in a coup.

Harf said the department is still reviewing a further $7 million in bilateral assistance to Thailand, and aid from other global and regional programs.

She said the suspended programs are Foreign Military Financing that funds weapons sales, and the International Military Education and Training program for training of officers.

Thailand is a U.S. treaty ally and close military partner.

Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday said there was no justification for the coup that followed months of political turmoil in Thailand. He urged the immediate restoration of civilian government and a return to democracy.

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