Aroon Boonchom

New Chularajmontri of Thailand elected

Aroon Boonchom, president of Islamic Committee of Bangkok, was elected as the new Chularajmontri (Muslim spiritual leader) of Thailand on Wednesday, replacing Aziz Phithakkumpol who died in October. Aroon will…

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Saudi Arabian investment in electric vehicle production in Thailand sought

The Thai government has been courting Saudi Arabia for investment in the production of electric vehicles (EVs) in Thailand, to achieve its goal of becoming the EV production hub in…

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Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh.

PM Srettha calls for innovative ASEAN-GCC partnership

Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin today called for innovative partnership between ASEAN and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for a sustainable future. Addressing the ASEAN-GCC summit in Riyadh, Srettha reaffirmed…

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The expansion of BRICS and its implications

The recent BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) summit has dominated the global news headlines for weeks because of its growing membership and bold visions. Obviously, for developing…

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Saudi critic sentenced to death for social media posts: sources

Saudi Arabia has sentenced to death a government critic who denounced alleged corruption and human rights abuses on social media, his brother and others familiar with the case told AFP…

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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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Oil prices fall despite output cuts, equities wobble

Oil prices reversed into the red Monday on global growth concerns, despite fresh output cuts by key producers Saudi Arabia and Russia aimed at propping up prices. Although Asian stock markets advanced as easing inflation data fuelled hopes…

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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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[FILE] Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai takes part in a working lunch at the 33rd APEC Ministerial Meeting (AMM) during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok on November 17, 2022. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / POOL / AFP)

Thai FM leads high-level delegation to Saudi Arabia

Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai will lead a high-level 40-member delegation on a five-day official visit to Saudi Arabia, beginning today, an informed source said on Sunday. The delegation is…

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US, Saudi Arabia call for warring sides in Sudan to extend ‘imperfect’ cease-fire

The United States and Saudi Arabia called on warring sides in Sudan to extend a fragile cease-fire due to expire Monday, as weeks of fighting reached a stalemate in the…

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Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos, Jr, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Laos Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone, Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, and East Timor’s Prime Minister Jose Maria de Vasconcelos, known as Taur Matan Ruak, pose during a photo session during opening 42nd ASEAN Summit Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia, May 10, 2023. Akbar Nugroho Gumay/Pool via REUTERS

Three more nations accede to ASEAN Treaty of Amity and Cooperation

Three more countries will accede to the ASEAN Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) this year, according to the ASEAN chairman’s statement released this afternoon (Thursday). Saudi Arabia, Spain and…

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Fitful start to new 3-day truce in Sudan; airlifts continue

Sudan’s warring generals pledged Tuesday to observe a new three-day truce that was brokered by the United States and Saudi Arabia in an attempt to pull Africa’s third-largest nation back…

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Saudi Arabia transfers more Aramco oil shares to wealth fund

Saudi Arabia has put a second four-percent chunk of shares of the Aramco oil giant, worth tens of billions of dollars, under the control of the country’s sovereign wealth fund, state media said…

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Oil powers announce surprise cuts of more than 1 million bpd

Major oil powers led by Saudi Arabia announced a surprise production cut of more than one million barrels per day on Sunday, calling it a “precautionary” move aimed at stabilising…

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FILE – Storage tanks are seen at the North Jiddah bulk plant, an Aramco oil facility, in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, on March 21, 2021. Oil giant Saudi Aramco said Sunday, March 12, 2023, it earned a $161 billion profit last year, attributing its earnings to higher crude oil prices.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Oil giant Saudi Aramco makes a historic $161B profit in 2022

Oil giant Saudi Aramco reported Sunday earning $161 billion last year, claiming the highest-ever recorded annual profit by a publicly listed company and drawing immediate criticism from activists. The monster…

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Musk says his SpaceX shares could have also helped fund taking Tesla private

Elon Musk told jurors on Monday he was sure he had locked up financial support from Saudi investors in 2018 to take his electric car maker Tesla Inc private, and could…

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Cristiano Ronado has joined Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr on a two-year contract after he left Manchester United. [Image: Al-Nassr]

Cristiano Ronaldo joins Al Nassr: what we know of the Portugal forward’s new Saudi Arabian club

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr on a 2-1/2 year deal, a month after the 37-year-old forward became a free agent when his contract with Premier…

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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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Amid economic gloom fuelled by soaring inflation and fears of China’s weaker energy demand, the two global crude benchmarks remain close to their lowest level of the year © JOE KLAMAR / AFP/File

Opec+ likely to maintain oil output levels

Major oil-producing countries led by Saudi Arabia and Russia look set to maintain their current output levels at a meeting Sunday, ahead of fresh sanctions against Moscow coming into force. The 13-member Organization of the Petroleum…

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Saudi Arabia’s midfielder #10 Salem Al-Dawsari celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group C football match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, north of Doha on November 22, 2022. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

When money measures athletes’ success

The name is Salem Al-Dawsari. If that does not ring a bell, he scored a World Cup goal that shocked the world the other day. Ones can be forgiven for…

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A Saudi football fan waves their country’s flag from the skylight window of a car in Riyadh amidst celebrations of Saudi Arabia’s win over Argentina in the Qatar 2022 World Cup, in the capital Riyadh on November 22, 2022. / AFP

Saudi king declares holiday after shock win over Argentina

Saudi King Salman has declared a national holiday after the football team’s stunning World Cup win on Tuesday over Argentina, state media reported.  The 86-year-old monarch “orders that Wednesday be…

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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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Thai exports to Saudi Arabia increase by 15.9% in eight months

Thailand exported goods worth more than 43 billion baht to Saudi Arabia during the first eight months of this year, representing an increase of 15.9% year on year, according to…

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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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Talks held between Thailand and Saudi Arabia to set cooperation framework

A high-level Thai delegation was in Saudi Arabia on July 25th and 26th to hold discussions between counterparts to form a framework of cooperation in investment and other areas, according…

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U.S. President Joe Biden walks to board a plane following an Arab summit, at King Abdulaziz International Airprot, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, July 16, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

Biden disputes Saudi account of Khashoggi murder discussion

July 17 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Saturday differed with Saudi Arabia in their account of discussions at a bilateral summit about the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist…

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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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Saudi Arabia to sell fertiliser to Thailand

Saudi Arabia has responded positively to Thailand’s request to buy fertiliser from the desert kingdom, to ease the shortage in the country, said Sanan Angubolkul, chairman of the Thai Chamber…

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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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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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Thailand ships chicken products to Saudi Arabia for the first time since 2004

Thailand shipped the first consignment of chicken products to Saudi Arabia in 18 years on Monday, as diplomatic relations between the two countries are gradually restored following three decades of…

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A photograph taken on March 2, 2022 shows the prices of petrol and diesel fuel at a petrol station off of the M3 motorway near Fleet, southwest of London. – Oil prices soared on March 2, 2022 above $113 per barrel and natural gas hit a record peak, as investors fretted over key producer Russia’s intensifying assault on Ukraine. European benchmark Brent North Sea oil struck $113.94 per barrel, the highest level since 2014, while New York-traded WTI hit a nine-year high of $112.51 as both posted day rises of almost 8 percent before dropping back slightly. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)

British PM to meet Saudi, UAE leaders as war roils oil prices

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was to lobby Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to pump more oil to calm turbulent markets as he meets the Gulf states’ leadership…

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A general view shows office buildings at al-Raidah Digital City of the Saudi capital Riaydh on February 28, 2022. (Photo by Fayez Nureldine / AFP)

Thai cabinet endorses draft agreements for nationals to work in Saudi Arabia

In yet another step in the normalisation of relations between Thailand and Saudi Arabia, today the Thai cabinet today (Tuesday) approved two draft agreements related to the recruitment of Thais…

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Saudi King gifts 50,060 copies of Quran to Thai Muslims ahead of Ramadan

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia recently sent 50,060 copies of the Holy Quran, in various sizes and languages, to Muslims in Thailand, as a gesture of…

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First Saudi flight to Thailand in 32 years gets a warm welcome

The first Saudi Arabian Airline direct flight to Thailand in 32 years arrived at Suvarnabhumi international airport yesterday evening (Monday) with 71 passengers on board, marking a milestone in the…

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Saudi Airlines to resume direct flights to Thailand on February 28

Saudi Arabian Airlines will resume direct flights to Thailand next Monday, as part of the move to restore full diplomatic ties which were frozen for three decades, Government Spokesman Thanakorn…

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Thai business delegation to visit Saudi Arabia on Feb 26th to explore trade expansion

Thai business delegation to visit Saudi Arabia on Feb 26th to explore trade expansion

A high-level Thai business delegation will visit Saudi Arabia on February 26th, the first in many years, to promote trade and business between the two countries. Sanan Angubolkul, president of…

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Experts play down expectations of rapid economic gains from Thai-Saudi diplomatic ties

The Thai government has claimed that the restoration of diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia after 30 years will bring great benefits to the economy.  Several sectors, such as tourism, labour,…

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Thai-Saudi ties herald a new era

After more than three decades of frozen Thai-Saudi ties, this week’s “historic” visit by Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to Saudi Arabia has had the effect of normalising one of…

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Thailand, Saudi Arabia agree to restore full diplomatic ties

Thailand and Saudi Arabia have agreed to resume normal diplomatic ties and are ready to begin a new era of bilateral relations, thanks to the joint efforts of Thai and…

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Thailand extends list of countries and territories, the citizens of which can enter the Kingdom without quarantine

Thailand has extended the list of “low risk” countries and territories whose citizens will be allowed to enter the kingdom without quarantine from Tomorrow (Monday), according to an announcement issued…

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In this Wednesday, June 24, 2020 file photo, empty seats during the English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa at St James’ Park stadium in Newcastle, England. English Premier League club Newcastle was taken over by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021 after a protracted takeover. The takeover by the Saudi Public Investment Fund initially collapsed last year over concerns about how much control the kingdom’s leadership would have in the running of Newcastle amid concerns about Saudi human rights abuses and the pirating of sports rights. (Lindsey Parnaby/Pool via AP, File)

Premier League club Newcastle bought by Saudi sovereign fund

LONDON (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund completed a buyout of Premier League club Newcastle on Thursday, giving hope to fans dreaming of a first title in almost a…

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How the man behind Khashoggi murder ran the killing via Skype

(Reuters) – He ran social media for Saudi Arabia’s crown prince. He masterminded the arrest of hundreds of his country’s elite. He detained a Lebanese prime minister. And, according to…

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