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Thai Foreign Minister visiting Germany in bid to rechieve the Crown Prince's impounded plane
BERLIN (AP) ' Germany says Thailand's foreign minister is coming to Berlin in a bid to retrieve Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn's plane, which was impounded earlier this week.
The German Foreign Ministry says Kasit Piromya is meeting German deputy foreign minister Cornelia Pieper later Friday to discuss the matter.
The meeting was called Thursday, only two days after the Boeing 737 "Royal Flight" was seized in Germany as part of a long-running battle over payments between a German building company and the government in Bangkok.
Kasit told local media before leaving for Germany that the plane was not government property, but belonged to the Crown Prince himself, and therefore could not be impounded in the commercial dispute.
Vajiralongkorn, the heir to the Thai throne, is a frequent visitor to Germany.