Two labour deals with Saudis get cabinet nod

Two labour deals with Saudis get cabinet nod

The cabinet has given the green light to two labour deals with Saudi Arabia, government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said.

Mr Thanakorn said the cabinet yesterday approved the agreements between the Thai Labour Ministry and the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Human Resource and Social Development, and they comprise two areas -- the recruitment of labourers and housemaids.

The deals aim to allow Thais to work legally in Saudi Arabia. Both workers and employers can seek assistance from Saudi Arabian authorities if problems arise, he said.

The two countries struck the agreements after their frozen relationship thawed when Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha visited Saudi Arabia on Jan 25 at the invitation of the Crown Prince, His Royal Highness Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, who is considered the kingdom's de facto ruler.

In a related matter, Mr Thanakorn said Gen Prayut had expressed his gratitude to King Salman for providing 50,060 Korans to Muslim Thais on Feb 26.

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs of Saudi Arabia, which represents the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Koran, is in charge of distributing Korans to Muslims globally as presents for Ramadan.

Saudi Arabia donated them in the past before it downgraded diplomatic ties with Thailand and adopted a number of measures after the murder of Saudi diplomats and the disappearance of a Saudi businessman in Bangkok following the theft of Saudi state gems in 1989.

On Monday, a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight from Riyadh arrived in Thailand with 71 Saudis on board. Gen Prayut said the resumption of the route would boost Thailand as a tourism destination and transit hub, Mr Thanakorn said.

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