Australia downgraded ties with Thailand on Saturday in the wake of this month's military coup, imposing a travel ban on the junta leaders and cutting defence cooperation in some of the toughest punitive measures taken by a foreign government.
The US and other foreign governments have condemned the May 22 coup, calling for a rapid return to democracy.
The Australian government
said it had postponed three activities with the Thai military
and would prevent the leaders of the coup from travelling to Australia
as it continues to have "grave concerns" about the military's actions in Thailand
"In line with our concerns, Australia
is reducing our engagement with the Thai military
and will lower the level of our interaction with the Thai military
's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop
and Defence Minister David Johnston said in a joint statement.
Coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha
said on Friday there would be no elections for at least a year, arguing reforms must come first. Reforms could only be implemented if there was peace and stability and would take about a year, he added.
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