British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson met today with Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and other Thai officials and discussed neighbouring Myanmar's persecution of ethnic Rohingya Muslims and plans for elections in Thailand to end military rule.
Details of his discussion with Prayuth were not immediately available.
Johnson is in Thailand after visiting Bangladesh, where he met Rohingya refugees, and Myanmar, where he held talks on the Rohingya situation with the country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.
In Myanmar, Johnson also visited areas in the western state of Rakhine, the site of the violence that drove the Rohingya to flee.
Plans to repatriate the Rohingya have been made by Bangladesh and Myanmar, but are a major concern of the international community. Human rights advocates insist that any repatriation be carried out under verifiably safe conditions.
"Shocked at what I saw during tour of northern #Rakhine," Johnson wrote on Twitter.
"The devastation of hundreds of villages torched. UK already a major donor to crisis and will continue to use our influence to provide a better future for the #Rohingya community."
"In the eyes of the British government right now, they are putting an emphasis on fixing the issue of Rohingya in Rakhine state, first and foremost," Don said, adding that Britain did not ask for the Thai government's help in the matter.
Thailand's military seized power from an elected government in 2014. Boris Johnson's visit today follows a European Union decision last December to ease political sanctions on Thailand imposed after the coup.
Don said Johnson was not concerned by the ruling junta's most recent election date postponement, after several earlier promised deadlines for a return to an elected government passed.
"They are not pressuring Thailand to hold elections because they do not see it as having any impact on England," Don said.
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