Strengthening Thai-Saudi Relations: Focus on Tourism and Investment

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Meeting with the Saudi Delegation

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha of Thailand recently held a meeting with Abdullah Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Sheikh, the chairman of Saudi Arabia’s Consultative Assembly. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss tourism and investment opportunities, particularly in Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), which spans the provinces of Chon Buri, Rayong, and Chachoengsao. The deputy government spokeswoman, Tipanan Sirichana, elaborated that the meeting aimed to strengthen legislative cooperation between the two countries.

Visa Waivers and Tourism Opportunities

During the meeting, representatives from both countries discussed the possibility of implementing visa waivers for special passport holders and tourists in order to promote tourism opportunities. The two sides agreed to support each other under various multilateral agreements, including those within the United Nations, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and the Gulf Cooperation Council. The Saudi delegation also included its Ambassador to Thailand, Abdulrahman Abdulaziz Alsuhaibani, and other members of the Consultative Assembly.

Restoring Normal Ties and Diplomatic Relations

This recent meeting marks the first time Thailand has welcomed a legislative delegation from Saudi Arabia since normal ties were restored following Prime Minister Prayut’s visit to Riyadh last year. His visit was at the invitation of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, and resulted in the signing of numerous Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs). This historic breakthrough came after years of strained relations and diplomatic conflict between the two nations.

Looking Forward: Continued Cooperation and Growth

With this strengthening of Thai-Saudi relations, there is potential for increased tourism, investment, and cooperation between the two countries. The focus on opportunities in the Eastern Economic Corridor highlights the importance of economic development for both nations, and the discussion of visa waivers signifies a commitment to boosting tourism. As Thailand and Saudi Arabia continue to work together under various multilateral agreements, there is promise for further collaboration and progress in the years to come.