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EU to resume political dealings with Thailand following election promise

Bloc to explore possibility of restarting FTA talks suspended after 2014 coup

Leaders put a happy face on ASEAN-EU relations at their 40th anniversary summit in Manila last month.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- The European Union announced on Monday the resumption of "political contacts at all levels" with Thailand after a three-year hiatus triggered by a military coup in 2014.

The EU Council said that in view of recent developments, such as the promulgation of a new constitution and the latest promise by the military government to hold elections in late 2018, it is "appropriate to pursue a gradual political re-engagement with Thailand."

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