Washington: Hillary Clinton asked Thailand and Cambodia to exercise restraint and refrain from provocative acts while expressing concern about clashes between security forces along the border of the two countries.

"The US remains deeply concerned about clashes between security forces along the Thailand-Cambodia border," Clinton said.

"We strongly urge both sides to exercise restraint, refrain from provocative acts, and immediately take all necessary steps to reduce tensions and avoid further conflict. The loss of life, displacement of civilians, and damage to property is regrettable," she said.

The US supports the efforts of Indonesia in their role as the chief of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to work with both countries to reach a resolution, added Hillary clinton.

"The US is also engaging with Thai and Cambodian officials directly on this matter. We continue to urge the Royal Thai Government and Royal Government of Cambodia to resolve their disputes peacefully to help strengthen regional stability," she said.

(Agencies)