Saudi Arabia and Thailand agree to restore full diplomatic relations

During Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-first cha's official visit to Saudi Arabia in almost 30 years, the two countries decided to restore full diplomatic ties.

The two sides announced the exchange of ambassadors in the near future in a joint statement on Tuesday, They also discussed the growth of cooperation in the green economy, renewable energy, digital transformation, cybersecurity, and other areas. Prayut travelled to Saudi Arabia at the request of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, according to well-known media.

After a diplomatic dispute over a jewellery theft in 1989, Saudi Arabia downgraded its ties with Thailand. The nations will look into cooperative investments in many fields, including energy and petrochemicals, as well as tourism and hospitality, according to the statement. Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia's economic reform plan aimed at weaning the country off oil, includes tourism as a significant component.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabian Airlines announced that direct flights from Riyadh to Bangkok will begin in May, praising Thailand as "the home of culture" in a Twitter post.

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