‘Prayut’ visits Saudi Arabia Vo restored the relationship completely. Expected to attract tourists, spreading 5 billion baht per year, insisting that it will take good care of Thai people in Saudi Arabia
On 25 Jan 2022 General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Statement after official visit to Saudi Arabia and met with Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and the Saudi Minister of Defense said: “On January 25, 2022, I paid an official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. At the invitation of Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia This was a visit at the level of government leaders between the two countries. For the first time in over 30 years
“Today, I have attended the meeting. and meet with the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Both sides agreed to normalize diplomatic relations between Thailand and Saudi Arabia. and ready to open a new era of relationship between them from now on This is a consequence of the efforts at various levels by both sides in the past.”
From now on, both sides have discussed how to proceed with the relationship. In the first phase there will be the appointment of ambassadors and the establishment of a bilateral dialogue mechanism. to revive and promote cooperation in various dimensions that are mutually beneficial, such as trade and investment food security, energy, public health and tourism as well as seeking cooperation in new fields with potential such as environment, renewable energy and digital transformation
In addition, both sides also confirmed to cooperate and support each other in various multilateral frameworks such as the OIC (OIC), ASEAN GCC (GCC), as well as Thailand’s host of APEC this year.
On a trip to visit Saudi Arabia this time. with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and the Minister of Labor join the team to push for concrete cooperation between each other in relevant areas
On this occasion, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs discussed with the Saudi Foreign Minister on the establishment of a bilateral dialogue mechanism between the two countries. To plan and define strategic cooperation between the two countries in a systematic and integrated manner This will be a mechanism for monitoring, evaluating and reviewing the results of cooperation between the two parties to be concrete.
while the Minister of Labor Has discussed with the Saudi Minister of Labor about allowing Thai workers to return to work in Saudi Arabia. including the promotion of skilled and specialized workers in Thailand
Gen. Prayut He added that the restoration of Thailand-Saudi ties is mutually beneficial for both countries in political, security, economic and social dimensions, and Thailand and Saudi Arabia can help support each other’s development goals. especially the BCG economic policy of Thailand and the Saudi Vision 2030.
The restoration of relations will also facilitate travel between the peoples of the two countries. And it will increase trade and investment opportunities for Thailand and Saudi Arabia. which is the largest economy in the Arab countries In particular, strengthening Thailand’s role as the “Kitchen of the World” to support Saudi Arabia’s food security and as Thailand’s “medical and tourism hub”.
It is expected that the increase in tourists from Saudi Arabia after this will help generate income for Thailand at least 5,000 million baht per year and will help promote Thailand’s energy security. As Saudi Arabia is the world’s top oil producer and exporter.
In addition, when the journey back and forth between them returned to normal It will be able to revive the return to work in Saudi Arabia by skilled workers. service workers and specialized workers in Thailand which before reducing the relationship between There used to be more than 300,000 Thai workers in Saudi Arabia and generate more than 9,000 million baht in income per year in repatriation to Thailand.
Prime Minister He continued, “Before traveling back to Thailand I had the opportunity to meet and inquire about the well-being of the Thai community in Saudi Arabia and assured all Thai brothers and sisters that The Thai government will definitely take good care of the Thai people in Saudi Arabia as in the past.”
“Finally, I would like to congratulate once again the beginning of a new era of Thai-Saudi relations. this It will definitely bring the mutual benefit of Thai and Saudi brothers and sisters.” Prime MinisterRi said