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Thai PM visits Saudi to mend ties broken by Blue Diamond Affair

After 30-year freeze, both sides focus on trade and COVID recovery

Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, left, and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. The two countries have taken steps together to revitalize their economies. (Source photos by Akira Kodaka and Reuters)

BANGKOK -- Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha today began an official two-day visit to Saudi Arabia, foreshadowing a diplomatic thaw in relations made icy by a string of capers and assassinations known as the Blue Diamond Affair.

The visit is the first by a head of government between the two countries in more than 30 years, according to Thailand's Government House. Prayuth will visit the Middle Eastern kingdom in response to an invitation from Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

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