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Chiang Mai nature park could not take care of ailing jumbo returning from Sri Lanka

The Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai province does not have the space or appropriate facilities to take care of “Sak Surin”, an ailing elephant who will return from Sri…

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The woman behind the return from Sri Lanka of an ailing elephant

Former Suphan Buri MP Kanchana Silpa-archa is one of the people who played a key role in securing the return to Thailand from Sri Lanka of an ailing male elephant,…

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Preparations continue for flying an ailing Thai elephant back from Sri Lanka

Three veterinarians, a mahout, two assistants and a specially-built cage will be flown to Sri Lanka on a chartered flight on July 1st to bring “Saksurin”, an ailing and aging…

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Air force still wants new aircraft to replace its aging F-16 fighters

The Royal Thai Force (RTAF) is insisting on the need to acquire new aircraft to replace its aging F-16 fighter jets, which are about to be decommissioned, in order to…

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Myanmar puts troops on alert after Pita’s statements

Myanmar’s second-most powerful general has issued a directive to his commanders to keep a closer watch on the Thai-Myanmar border after Thailand’s Move Forward Party won the most House seats…

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[FILE] Thailand’s deputy prime minister and foreign affairs minister Don Pramudwinai (C) attends the 18th Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) ministerial meeting in Colombo on March 29, 2022. (Photo by Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP)

Thailand to host BIMSTEC retreat in July

Thailand is scheduled to host a retreat of BIMSTEC foreign ministers in July, to reinvigorate the 25-year-old intergovernmental organisation, An informed source told Thai PBS World that Thailand, the current…

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“Meet the Ambassador” event – Image resource: Jatechan Kirdsuk

Russian Ambassador to discuss bilateral cooperation

Combining resources, materials and innovative products from Russia and Thailand can boost industrial competitiveness, according to H.E. Evgeny Tomikhin, the Russian ambassador to Thailand. Speaking at a “meet the ambassador”…

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132 more Thai evacuees from Sudan arrived in Bangkok Saturday night

The second group of 132 Thais being evacuated from Sudan, many of them students, arrived safety in Bangkok last night (Saturday) on a Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) flight, bringing…

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Book Discussion “African Migration to Thailand: Race, Mobility and Integration” hosted by Seajunction (photo by Musa)

Enhancing Africa Cultural Understanding in Thailand

The influx of African migrants to Thailand has increased over the years. Kasit Piromya, the former Foreign Minister of Thailand, stressed the need to convey knowledge and understanding between Thai…

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This combination of pictures shows Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (L) and China’s President Xi Jinping (R) / AFP

Xi holds first talks with Zelensky since Russian invasion of Ukraine

Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke to Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday for the first time since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, fulfilling a longstanding goal of Kyiv which had publicly sought such talks for months….

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Thailand and Russia will hold high level talks later this month

Thailand and Russia will hold a Joint Thai-Russian Commission on Bilateral Cooperation in Bangkok on April 26th and 27th to strengthen cooperation of mutual interest, according to an informed source. …

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ADB says developing Asia’s growth to accelerate after China reopening

The Asian Development Bank raised its 2023 growth forecast for developing Asia on Tuesday, after China’s abrupt loosening of Covid-19 restrictions and reopening of its borders brightened the region’s prospects….

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[FILE] From L-R: Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, US President Joe Biden, and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity at the Izumi Garden Gallery in Tokyo on May 23, 2022. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Japan launches new version of Indo-Pacific strategy

Japan has proposed a new Free and Open Indo-Pacific or FOIP strategy, with more cooperation and funding for the Indo-Pacific region, according to a highly placed and informed source. The…

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David Daly, ambassador of the European Union to Thailand,addresses the “12 Moments for Ukraine” event at the Bangkok Arts and Culture Center. (Photo courtesy of Delegation of the European Union to Thailand)

Bangkok-based diplomats show support for Ukraine

Diplomats and representatives from 36 countries and civil society joined a public solidarity event in Bangkok today (Friday), to mark the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The event,…

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Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn speaks during a press conference at the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Phnom Penh on August 6, 2022 / AFP

Cambodian foreign minister to visit Thailand Feb 23-24

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn will arrive in Bangkok on Thursday for a two-day visit to strengthen bilateral ties and forge new areas of cooperation. It…

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Thai Prime Minister Prayut to attend ASEAN-EU summit in Brussels

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will fly to Brussels to attend the commemorative ASEAN-EU summit, which marks the 45th anniversary of their diplomatic relations, according to an informed source. Prayut will…

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Thailand needs a more proactive foreign policy

The Ukraine-Russia conflict, China-Taiwan tensions or even the situation in Myanmar may seem far away and irrelevant to us in Thailand. Most Thais wouldn’t imagine that Thailand foreign policy has…

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US pledges US$20 million for clean energy project in Mekong River Basin

The United States pledged about US$20 (~716 million baht) for the Japan-US Mekong Power Partnership (JUMPP) project, during a round-table discussion today (Sunday) between US Vice President Kamala Harris and…

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US vice president briefed on significance of Ratchabophit Temple

The Thai Supreme Patriarch discussed a few historical artefacts, kept at Ratchabophit Temple and which pertain to Thai-US relations, during a visit by US Vice President Kamala Harris to the…

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Thai PM pledges “heart-to-heart” cooperation with the US

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has told US Vice President Kamala Harris of Thailand’s readiness to promote and enhance “heart-to-heart” cooperation with the United State, based on two centuries of the…

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Don Pramudwinai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand

Foreign Minister to address Thai PBS World forum on Thai foreign policy

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai will deliver a keynote speech on the direction of Thailand’s foreign policy at a regional forum being hosted by Thai PBS World and Asia News Network…

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Cabinet approves visa exemption MoU for Thais and Saudis with diplomatic, official and special passports

The Thai cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding (MoU) today (Tuesday) with Saudi Arabia, under which citizens of the two countries who hold diplomatic, official or special passports can enter…

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[FILE] US President Joe Biden (R) and China’s President Xi Jinping (L) shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on November 14, 2022. / AFP

Biden and Xi clash over Taiwan in Bali but Cold War fears cool

U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping engaged in blunt talks over Taiwan and North Korea on Monday in a three-hour meeting aimed at preventing strained U.S.-China ties from spilling into a…

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China will cooperate with Thailand in crackdown on transnational crime

The Chinese government is willing to cooperate with their Thai counterparts in the crackdown on transnational criminal activities in Thailand, according to the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok in its Facebook…

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Thailand’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai

Thailand abstained on UN vote to have its voice heard – FM Don

Thailand abstained from the UN resolution to condemn Russia’s annexation of eastern regions of Ukraine last week because it wants its voice on the crisis to be heard, according to…

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New rail bridge to be built in Nong Khai for cargo moving between Thailand and China

Officials of the Thai, Lao PDR and Chinese governments are considering the building of new railway bridge, running parallel to an existing one, which will carry two different rail gauges,…

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US Ambassador Bob Godec during his visit to the Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) over the weekend.

Returning to Thailand – wish fulfilled for new US ambassador

US Ambassador-designate to Thailand Bob Godec is in town and spent his first weekend here visiting notable cultural sites in Bangkok. According to a post on the US Embassy’s Facebook, …

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Thai Royal family send letters of condolence for the passing of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II

Their Majesties the King and Queen of Thailand have sent a message of condolence to Britain’s King Charles III, expressing their profound sorrow for the passing of Queen Elizabeth II….

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Walk-A-Tif: The ‘Thai-Saudi Bridge’ Exhibition

This year seems to be a golden year for Thailand and Saudi Arabia relations, after the 2 countries agreed to restore full diplomatic ties. But what are the elements that…

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Thai PBS Director General Wilasinee Phiphitkul (right) and Indian Ambassador to Thailand Suchitra Durai after signing the cooperation MoU between Thai PBS and Prasar Bharati. Witnessing the signing ceremony are Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai and his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar

Thai PBS signs MOU with India’s public broadcaster Prasar Bharati

Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS) on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding with India’s public broadcaster Prasar Bharati as part of broader cooperation between Thailand and India to further…

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Sri Lanka’s ousted president arrives in Thailand for temporary stay

Former Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived in Thailand on Thursday,  as he seeks temporary shelter in a second Southeast Asian country after fleeing his island nation last month amid mass protests. Rajapaksa arrived at Bangkok’s Don Mueang…

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This screen grab made from video released by Chinese state broadcaster CCTV shows a Chinese military jet flying as part of military exercises near Taiwan on August 5, 2022. / AFP

China defends ditching U.S. talks, says Washington must bear ‘serious consequences’

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s defence ministry on Monday defended its shelving of military talks with the United States in protest against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei last week, warning that Washington…

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This handout taken and released by Taiwan’s Presidential Office on August 3, 2022 shows US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi waving beside Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen at the Presidential Office in Taipei.

Chinese embassy – US Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan a threat to regional security

The Chinese Embassy in Thailand said today (Wednesday) that the visit to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is a serious threat to regional security and will push China-US…

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US House Speaker Pelosi arrives in Taiwan, defying Beijing

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday night despite threats from Beijing of serious consequences, becoming the highest-ranking American official in 25 years to visit the self-ruled…

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Thailand in the rules-based International Order

“Rules-based International Order” is a term that we have heard constantly in interviews with the US secretary of state Anthony Blinken over the past year. The reason the US is…

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) meets with Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha at the Government House in Bangkok on July 10, 2022. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds / POOL / AFP)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets Thailand’s PM in Bangkok

US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, met with Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, and Foreign Affairs Minister, Don Pramudwinai, on Sunday, as part of his Southeast Asia tour. Prime Minister…

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U.S. Secretary of State Blinken to make first official visit to Thailand

The U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, will pay his first official visit to Thailand on July 9th and 10th and will meet Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Foreign Minister…

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (left) and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (right). Photo: Thailand’s government

Thai PM, Chinese FM in talks on trade, investment and connectivity

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held discussions today (Tuesday) at Government House on trade, economic cooperation, investment and greater connectivity between the two countries,…

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Police say Thai murder suspect from Taiwan offers to surrender

A Thai man, wanted by Taiwanese police in connection with the murder of a Thai couple there, has offered, through a go-between, to surrender to the Thai police. Commissioner of…

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Red-shirt leader protests against US Defence Secretary’s visit, Indo-Pacific strategy

United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), or “Red Shirt” leader Jatuporn Prompan led a small group of Thai people who staged a rally in front of the Ministry of…

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Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha welcomes US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to Bangkok, Thailand, June 13, 2022. (DoD photo by Chad J. McNeeley)

A free and open Indo-Pacific a common vision – US Secretary of Defence

Thailand is an ally of the United States, so there’s a strong relationship of which we have to remain mindful. This is an important country to us, said Lloyd Austin,…

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MFA, police dismiss report of Iranian spies being watched in Thailand

The Thai Foreign Ministry and the Royal Thai Police issued separate statements today (Wednesday) denying a local press report that Iranians in Thailand are being watched by Thai police and…

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30-day visa exemption for Thailand approved for Saudi tourists

Saudi tourists will be able to visit Thailand and stay for up to 30 days without the need to apply for a visa before their departure, following the cabinet’s approval…

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Photo: Thailand’s Government House Facebook page

Thailand, Lao PDR enhance ties as Laotian PM makes visit

Thailand and neighbouring Lao PDR enhance ties on Wednesday, as Laotian Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh made his first official visit since assuming office last year, with bilateral ties elevated to…

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Thailand asks for smallpox vaccine from WHO

Thailand has asked the World Health Organisation (WHO) for support in providing smallpox vaccine, as a precautionary measure against Monkeypox, now that the country has eased travel restrictions for overseas…

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Thai PM advises Asia to strive for sustainability at Nikkei Forum in Tokyo

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha strongly advised Asia to be a strong advocate for sustainability, to be a more inclusive society and to be more resilient, noting that growth will be…

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Representatives of 193 countries discuss disaster risk mitigation in Indonesia

About 5,000 representatives of governments, the private sector and civil societies from 193 countries are in Bali, Indonesia, to attend the 7th session of the Global Platform (GP2022), convened by…

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U.S. Navy hands over unmanned aircraft system to Royal Thai Navy

The U.S. Navy handed over an unmanned aircraft system, known as RQ-21A Blackjack, to the Royal Thai Navy on Tuesday, as a part of a program funded by Indo-Pacific Maritime…

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Thailand hopes to be removed from Tier 2 Watch List in US trafficking report

Thai police hope that the US State Department will remove Thailand from Tier 2 Watch List category in the Trafficking in Persons Report for 2022, due to improved performance in…

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New South Korean government’s new approach

In his inaugural speech, newly elected South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol was very succinct about his administration’s foreign policy agenda, which will focus on the promotion of a liberal democracy,…

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Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai / Photo from Facebook Page Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand

Thai Foreign Minister to visit Saudi Arabia to cement bilateral cooperation

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai has been assigned by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to visit Saudi Arabia to follow-up on cooperation in all areas between Thailand and Saudi Arabia. He said…

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Thailand and US begin two days of strategic talks in Washington DC

Thailand and the US began a two-day strategic discussion in Washington yesterday (Monday), to strengthen further their security partnership in creating a peaceful and prosperous region. The Thai delegation is…

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Saudi prince in Thailand, eyes further cooperation in sports

Saudi Arabia is pleased with the improvement in Saudi-Thai relations and hopes to see them grow in many ways, including sports, according to Prince Fahd bin Jalawi bin Abdul Aziz, Vice…

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U.S. President Joe Biden participates virtually with the ASEAN summit from an auditorium at the White House in Washington, U.S. October 26, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

ASEAN seeks US support for peace efforts in Ukraine

ASEAN hopes the US will play a constructive role in backing an ASEAN effort to maintain peace and stability, to mitigate the negative impacts of the Ukraine conflict. Director General…

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Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida inspects the honour guard at Government House in Bangkok on May 2, 2022, on his official visit to Thailand. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Japan’s reaffirms middle-of-the-road approach to diplomacy

During his three-nation visit to ASEAN member countries over the past five days, Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida demonstrated his country’s middle-of-the-road approach to diplomacy when it comes to special…

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Thailand and Japan sign deal to transfer defence equipment and technology

Thailand and Japan signed a deal on the transfer of defence hardware and technology, as well as two other agreements, on financial cooperation and a Japanese grant for Thailand’s post-COVID…

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(FILE) Pornpimol Kanchanalak, Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand

Thailand names first special envoy on Myanmar

Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai appointed Pornpimol Kanchanalak as the country’s first special envoy on Myanmar today (Tuesday). Pornpimol is currently serving as an advisor on foreign policy to Don….

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 01, 2022, the United Nations holds its second day of emergency special session General Assembly meetings on the Russia-Ukraine conflict in New York City. – The UN General Assembly will vote on April 7, 2022, on suspending Russia from the UN Human Rights Council following allegations that Russian troops deliberately murdered civilians in Bucha, Ukraine, the assembly presidency said. (Photo by Andrea RENAULT / AFP)

Thailand abstains in vote to suspend Russia from UN Human Rights Council

Thailand, highlighting “inclusivity”, abstained from a vote to suspend Russia from UN Human Rights Council over its aggression against Ukraine during the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday. Thailand was…

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Thailand, China share some common aims on Ukraine

Thailand and China share four common aims concerning the situation of Ukraine after their consultation in Huangshan in Anhui, China, over the weekend, according to an informed source. The source…

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The US flag is reflected on the Washington Monument in Washington, DC, on March 1, 2022, ahead of US President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address from the US Capitol (rear). (Photo by Stefani Reynolds / AFP)

Biden nominates a career diplomat to serve in Thailand

The White House announced today (Saturday) that Robert F. Godec, a career diplomat, is to be the next ambassador to Thailand. The position has been vacant for over a year,…

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Thailand-Malaysia border crossings reopen after two years

Land border checkpoints between Thailand and Malaysia have reopened today (Friday), after being closed for more than two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A main checkpoint in Sadao district…

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Ties that bind – 75-years of Thai-Indian relations

The logo commemorating the 75th anniversary of Thai-Indian ties is highly symbolic. On the left is the Thai Pha Khao Ma (the Thai-style sarong or longyi) interwoven with the sari,…

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