Saudi Arabia and Thailand have restored ties after a destorted relationship between both countries; spanning over three decades.
The feud which began as a result of the theft of a Saudi Arabia gem worth US$20m by Thai-born janitor Kriangkrai Techamong, had sparked a series of diplomatic severities over the years.
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, who visited the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday, also extended his country’s support and promises towards the now mended relationship.
In a joint statement released after the meeting at Riyadh, both leaders also confirmed the re-establishment of diplomatic relationship.
“This historic step is the result of long-standing efforts at different levels to re-establish mutual confidence and friendly relations,” the joint statement read.
The lengthy feud which was dubbed the ‘Blue Diamond Affair’ had caused a series of murder and legal cases between both countries in the past. In 1990, Riyadh had sent an investigator to Thailand. However, he went missing in Bangkok, with three deaths of Saudi diplomats recorded in that instance.
Kriangkrai had also served a five-year jail term before becoming a monk in 2016. Reports also claim that Thai police officers had returned jewels to Saudi Arabia; though the Arabs claimed they were fake.
With the new development, both countries have agreed to appoint ambassadors, with Direct flights from Saudi Airline to Thailand set to commence in May.
Thailand will also look to send human resources to Saudi Arabia in the coming days, to take up working opportunities in hotels, health centres and construction projects, amongst other skill-required works.