Thai foreign minister resigns after losing deputy PM post

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Thai Foreign Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara at the State Department in Washington

BANGKOK (Reuters) -Thai Foreign Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara has resigned, the government said on Sunday, after losing the position of deputy prime minister in a cabinet reshuffle.

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has received Parnpree's resignation letter, government spokesperson Chai Wacharonke told Reuters.

"Parnpree's resignation will not affect government work in foreign affairs as the foreign ministry's permanent secretary and officials can work instead," he added.

Parnpree could not be reached for comment.

Srettha's new cabinet, endorsed by Thailand's king and published in the official Royal Gazette, showed Parnpree listed only as foreign minister, no longer also as deputy prime minister.

Local media reported that Parnpree's resignation letter said he believed the removal of him from the deputy prime ministerial post was not due to his work performance.

(Reporting by Panu Wongcha-um and Panarat Thepgumpanat; Writing by Orathai Sriring; Editing by Jamie Freed)