Monday, September 12, 2011

Thailand's Dilemma in Mid-East Policy

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Large numbers of labours working in both Arab countries and Israel pose a huge dilemma for Thai diplomacy to make any decision either way.

Early this year when the Arab Spring erupted in Tunisia, which later spread to Egypt, Bahrain early this year, Thailand was also at a lost because of its closed ties with their leaders, especially former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Bahraini Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa. With over two thousands Thai students studying in Egypt and several thousands Thai workers in Bahrain, the Foreign Ministry was very careful in commenting on the situation. Throughout the crisis, the ministry issued statements supporting relevant UN resolutions and national reconciliation plans as well as the call for openness. As a non-stakeholder directly involved in the strategic schemes of things in the Middle East, Thailand wanted to lie low without stirring up controversies.

....let's hope the Thai government votes against a "Palestinian" State

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