Thailand’s Saudi Arabia has agreed to repair diplomatic relations after decades of conflict over the theft of diamonds


Saudi Arabia and Thailand have agreed to fully restore diplomatic relations and exchange ambassadors at a “historic breakthrough” after 30 years of hostility due to the theft of diamonds, the two countries said in a joint statement on Tuesday. Stated.

According to a joint statement, the agreement was reached on Tuesday when Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Muhammad bin Salman visited Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha. release According to the state media Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Both sides said they had agreed to “appoint ambassadors to their respective capitals and establish a consultation mechanism to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the near future.”

“Both sides exchanged views on various regional and international issues and discussed means and methods for strengthening bilateral relations in all areas,” the statement said.

Intensive coordination between the two countries will also begin in the coming months to discuss bilateral cooperation.

They also noted that they have agreed to strengthen economic and trade relations by exploring investment and other opportunities such as renewable energy, digital transformation and cybersecurity.

The two leaders also agreed to strengthen interaction and coordination between government agencies and the private sector to enhance bilateral relations “to new heights for mutual benefit” between the two countries.

After the announcement, Saudi Arabian Airlines Said According to Twitter, direct flights to Thailand will resume in May.

Saudi Arabia downgraded its relations with Thailand after a Thai custodian who worked at Prince Saudi’s palace stole about $ 20 million worth of jewelery, which became known as the “Blue Diamond Affair” in 1989. Was there.

Prayut expressed “his heartfelt regret for the tragic incident that took place in Thailand between 1989 and 1990” and “solved all unsolved problems between the two sides.” The statement claimed that he had promised.

He reaffirmed the government’s commitment to “file the case with the Thai authorities in its jurisdiction if new evidence emerges” related to the case and to provide “appropriate security” to the Saudi authorities.

Both sides also reiterated their commitment to “make the utmost efforts to ensure the security of each other’s people in each country.”

Three Thai diplomats from Saudi Arabia were assassinated in three different incidents a year after the theft of diamonds.

In 2014, a Thai court was charged with the murder of Saudi businessman Mohammad al-Ruwaili, who went missing a month after witnessing a shooting by a Saudi diplomat. The lawsuit against the man was withdrawn.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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