Riyadh — On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia and Thailand agreed to fully restore diplomatic relations between the two countries and decided to exchange ambassadors soon.
A statement issued on occasion said, “The two sides agreed on important steps that would enhance bilateral relations, including appointing ambassadors in the two capitals in the near future, and establishing a consultative mechanism to strengthen bilateral cooperation, where communication will be intensified in the coming months to discuss bilateral coordination in key strategic areas.”
The Thai Prime Minister affirmed that his country attaches the utmost importance to the bond of friendship with Saudi Arabia and is keen to resolve all pending issues between the two sides, expressing his sincere regrets for the tragic cases in Thailand between 1989 – 1990.
He reaffirmed that Thailand had extended utmost efforts to resolve the cases and that it stands ready to bring the cases to the consideration of the competent Thai authorities if new exacting evidence relating to the issue should emerge. He also reaffirmed Thailand’s commitment to providing appropriate security to members of the Saudi mission in Bangkok under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
Both sides also reiterated their commitments to do their utmost to ensure the safety of each other’s nationals in their respective countries.
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Discussions included strengthening economic and trade relations through investment opportunities available via the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. Thailand’s development priorities include a circular green economy, discovering new cooperation areas, renewable energy, environment, digital transformation, and cybersecurity.