– Thai foreign ministry spokesman Thani Thongphakdi said the recognition ”has been under consideration for some time”.
”We felt that now was an appropriate time to proceed with the recognition of the state of Palestine, which was done earlier this week,” he told AFP.
Mr Thani said the move was unrelated to the recent charging of a Lebanese man suspected of planning an attack in Bangkok, who had alleged links to the Iranian- and Syrian-backed Muslim Shiite group Hezbollah. [Bangkok Post]
– Thailand is a popular destination with Israeli backpackers after fulfilling their IDF service.