Thai Foreign Minister Embarks to Middle East To Negotiate for Hostages
Thai Nationals Held Captive by Hamas
Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand has embarked on an official trip to Qatar and Egypt with the primary focus on discussions related to the safe release of Thai citizens who are currently being held captive by Hamas.
The visit, commencing on October 31 and concluding on November 2, will see Parnpree engage in high-level meetings with government leaders and foreign ministers of both Qatar and Egypt.
The primary agenda for these discussions will revolve around the urgent rescue of Thai nationals who find themselves in captivity as a result of the ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel. Additionally, conversations will encompass regional developments, the strengthening of bilateral relations, and other shared interests.
The itinerary includes meetings with the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar in Doha today, October 31, and a subsequent meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt in Cairo on November 1.
Deputy Prime Minister Parnpree emphasized the consistent efforts, both through various media channels and direct phone conversations, that have been made to secure the prompt release of the Thai hostages. He underscored that these individuals are considered non-combatants who were in the region for employment purposes and not engaged in any conflicting activities with any party.
Furthermore, Minister Parnpree acknowledged the uncertainty surrounding the exact location of the hostages, whether they are within the Gaza Strip or in another country. Nevertheless, the Thai government remains committed to exploring all available channels for negotiation to facilitate the immediate release of Thai citizens.
The ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel has resulted in the capture of several Thai citizens who were in the region for work. These individuals now find themselves caught in the crossfire, with their lives at stake. The Thai government, in close coordination with international partners, is working tirelessly to ensure their safe return.
The diplomatic visits to Qatar and Egypt demonstrate Thailand's commitment to pursuing all available avenues for resolving this crisis. By engaging with government leaders and foreign ministers, Deputy Prime Minister Parnpree aims to strengthen bilateral relations and garner support for the immediate release of the hostages.
As the situation unfolds, the Thai government will continue to provide updates on its efforts to secure the release of its citizens. The plight of the Thai hostages serves as a reminder of the human cost of conflicts and the importance of international cooperation in resolving such crises.