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Saudi Arabia and Thailand agree to restore full diplomatic ties

Prayuth's 'sincere regret over' Blue Diamond Affair to help kick-start tourism

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman receives Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha in Riyadh on Jan. 25 as the leaders put a bitter episode behind them. (Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via Reuters)

CAIRO (Reuters) -- Saudi Arabia and Thailand agreed on Tuesday to exchange ambassadors in the first high-level meeting between the two countries since a row over a jewelry theft nearly three decades ago led the Gulf state to downgrade ties.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and visiting Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha agreed on the appointment of ambassadors "in the near future" and to strengthen economic and trade relations, said a joint statement on Saudi state media.

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