Thai PM To Visit Saudi Arabia For First Time Since Gem Theft Soured Ties
Bangkok, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Jan, 2022 ) :Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-cha will this week make the first visit by a Thai leader to Saudi Arabia in more than 30 years following decades of diplomatic tension sparked by a jewel theft from a Saudi palace.
Thai-born janitor Kriangkrai Techamong stole $20 million worth of precious gems in 1989 from the home of a Saudi prince, triggering a feud between the countries dubbed the "Blue Diamond Affair" that has yet to be resolved.
Prayut will meet with the Saudi crown prince "to strengthen and promote bilateral relations", it added.
"The visit comes after consultations that resulted in convergence of views on many issues of common concern," the Saudi government said in a statement posted on the website of the kingdom's news agency.
Saudi Arabia has long accused Thai police of bungling their investigation into the theft, with allegations that the stolen gems were snapped up by senior officers.
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