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Fleeing Saudi woman arrives in Canada

IANS  |  Ottawa 

The young Saudi woman who has been granted asylum after fleeing from her reported abusive family arrived in Canada's on Saturday morning, media reported.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18-year-old, was welcomed by Canadian at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, said.

Qunun arrived in from Seoul, South Korea, a day after Canadian announced that would accept her as a refugee.

Qunun reportedly fled her family while visiting and flew to Bangkok, where she was stopped at a airport on last Saturday by Thai immigration police, who denied her entry and seized her passport, reports

She then barricaded herself in an airport hotel room and launched a through her account that drew global attention to her case. She said her father physically abused her and tried to force her into an arranged marriage. Her father has denied both allegations.

On Wednesday, signaled that it would be open to accepting Qunun, who had asked for help via Previously, several countries including Canada and were in talks with in on accepting Qunun.

The UN in a statement welcomed the Canadian government's "quick" decision to grant asylum to Qunun and provide a "long-term solution" for her in Canada as a resettled refugee on Friday.

The Canada-relations have soured after a diplomatic row which was sparked by the Canadian government's call for the immediate release of Saudi blogger and his sister via on August 5, 2018.

In response, accused Canada of interfering in its internal affairs and expelled the Canadian to and recalled its own from



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First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 01:36 IST