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Questions are being raised over the future of relations with the United States after Washington delivered a damning report detailing rampant exploitation of migrant workers in Thailand. 

Foreign Ministry permanent secretary Sihasak Phuangketkeow said the Kingdom “regretted” the findings of the latest Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, released on Friday night, which demoted Thailand from the Tier 2 watch list to Tier 3, the lowest ranking.

“I would like to ask the US to consider whether Thailand is serious about this problem,” Mr Sihasak said. “I would like the US to consider whether it would like to continue having close cooperation with Thailand, as Thailand is ready to cooperate, and whether the US decision reflected that Thailand is an important friend who shares many mutual benefits.”

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