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EU resumes contacts ‘at all levels’ with Thailand 3 years after military coup

The EU has agreed to resume political contacts “at all levels” with Thailand, more than three years after suspending them in protest at the military coup in Bangkok, AFP reports. It was “appropriate” to resume ties, the bloc said on Monday, citing the adoption of a new constitution in Thailand this year and a pledge by junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha to hold elections in November 2018. However, the EU repeated its call for the restoration of full democracy and said it was still concerned about harassment of human rights activists and the curtailing of free speech in Thailand.