PM Srettha to attend the ASEAN-GCC summit in Riyadh

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin will attend the inaugural summit between ASEAN and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Friday, immediately following his visit to China, according to high-level government sources….

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Thai-Saudi business prospects

Diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Thailand were re-established in 2022, ending several decades of rift between the two countries. This led to growing economic cooperation. Thai entrepreneurs had been…

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Iranian pilgrims join this year’s hajj in their tens of thousands after Tehran reconciled with Saudi Arabia in March turning the page on seven years of enmity (Sajjad HUSSAIN/AFP)

Iranians go from ‘harassment’ to hajj happiness after Saudi pact

If a landmark reconciliation between Saudi Arabia and Iran has eased tensions in the Gulf, clouds have also lifted at the hajj pilgrimage, where Iranian visitors finally feel welcome again….

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies during a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., May 16, 2023. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz

Blinken heads to Saudi Arabia amid strained ties, Israel normalization in mind

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken travels to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday on a mission to steady Washington’s relationship with Riyadh after years of deepening disagreements on issues ranging from…

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman greeted by Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha as he arrives at Suvarnabhumi International Airport airport near Bangkok to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in November 2022. (Photo by Handout / Thai Government / AFP)

2022 ushered in a new dawn in Thai-Saudi relations

One of the biggest foreign policy successes of the year for Thailand was the normalization of relations with Saudi Arabia, ending three decades of coldness.  The new bonhomie was marked…

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, welcomes Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, at the royal palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. (Bandar Aljaloud/Saudi Royal Palace via AP)

New chapter in Thailand-Saudi ties: A happy ending to a bitter saga?

Unresolved cases relating to the murders of Saudi Arabian diplomats, a businessman who went missing, and the theft of a precious blue diamond from a Saudi palace – there was…

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Light reflects on rolling dunes surrounding the “Riyadh Oasis”, a luxury retreat in the Thumamah desert on the outskirts of the Saudi capital, on February 1, 2021. – Well-heeled Saudis frolic in an artificial oasis built on salmon-coloured dunes, splashing cash domestically in a year-long pandemic lock-in that dovetails with government efforts to discourage citizens from splurging overseas. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

Luxury oasis draws elite Saudis locked in by pandemic

Well-heeled Saudis frolic in an artificial oasis built on salmon-coloured dunes, splashing the cash after a year-long pandemic lock-in that dovetails with efforts to discourage citizens from splurging overseas. Coronavirus…

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Return of Thais from Bahrain suspended after consular official gets COVID-19

The repatriation of Thais from Bahrain, as well as consular services at the Thai Embassy in Bahrain’s capital, Manama, have been suspended until August 22nd after a Bahraini official in…

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