Saudi Arabia’s ban on Thai workers remains in place, with its interior ministry rejecting a Saudi labour ministry request to resume recruitment of maids from Thailand.
A cleaner disinfects public telephones at MBK shopping centre in Bangkok in this file photo from 2009. Saudi Arabia has upheld its ban on Thai workers after its labour ministry asked for permission to recruit Thai maids. Photo by Apichart Jinakul.
Diplomatic relations between Thailand and Saudi Arabia have been strained since the “blue diamond” affair of 1989, when a Thai janitor working in the Riyadh palace of Prince Faisal stole close to 100kg of jewellery, including a fabulous blue diamond.
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