Australia's Foreign Minister Has Flown To Thailand To Investigate The Saudi Woman Seeking Asylum's Case
Australia's foreign minister Marise Payne visited Bangkok on Thursday amidst online claims that her country could be willing to offer asylum to the young Saudi woman Rahaf al-Qunun.
According to Arab News, the Saudi woman claims to have fled her family to Thailand from Kuwait following a series of psychological and physical abuse she had endured.
She made a plea for asylum after reaching Bangkok's airport
On Sunday, reports circulated the internet following Al-Qunun's social media plea for asylum. The eighteen-year-old evaded this and was later placed "under the care" of the United Nations refugee agency by late Monday.
The Saudi Arabia embassy in Thailand later confirmed this in a tweet, denying reports that Riyadh had asked for al-Qunun to be extradited.
Rawaf told several media sourced that she had planned to seek asylum in Australia, fearing that she'd be killed if deported by the Thai immigration officials who stopped her during a transit to Australia on Sunday.
With friend and counterpart @SushmaSwaraj ahead of @raisinadialogue to discuss our shared strategic interests & opportunities for 🇦🇺- 🇮🇳 collaboration in trade and investment, defence and counter terrorism #AustraliaIndia pic.twitter.com/3B0wS7FTiu— Marise Payne (@MarisePayne) January 8, 2019