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Response to the Coup in Thailand


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Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 28, 2014

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Question: What is the breakdown of FMF and IMET that has been suspended?

Answer: Immediately following the military coup in Thailand, the State Department announced that we are reviewing all U.S. government assistance to Thailand. We have suspended approximately $3.5 million in unspent and unobligated Foreign Military Financing (FMF) assistance to Thailand. Most FMF assistance to Thailand consists of training and education programs.

We have also suspended the International Military Education and Training (IMET) we provide to Thailand. Thailand receives approximately $1.3 million in IMET annually. We have suspended the remaining $85,000 of unspent funds this fiscal year while the Department undertakes a comprehensive review of assistance to Thailand. All IMET and FMF-funded courses for Thailand have been cancelled, and no further ones are planned. The Department does not currently expect to send home any Thai officers who are currently participating in educational programs in the United States. Thirty-three students participated in IMET programs in Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13).

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