Bangkok, Thailand (CNN) -- Thailand has withdrawn its ambassador to Phnom Penh after Cambodia appointed fugitive former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra as an economic adviser, a Thai government official said Thursday.
Along with recalling the ambassador, the Thai government will review further relations with Cambodia, the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
Thaksin, a billionaire businessman who served two terms as prime minister, was ousted in a bloodless coup in 2006. He fled Bangkok last year while facing trial on corruption charges that he said were politically motivated.
Though he has fled the country Thaksin remains a controversial figure in Thailand and there have been violent clashes in the country between pro and anti-Thaksin groups.
Cambodia's hiring of Thaksin is an interference in Thailand's internal and judicial affairs, a Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement said.
Cambodian government spokesman Phay Siphan said Thaskin's economic experience could help Cambodia.
CNN's Kocha Olarn contributed to this report.