The embassy - and Thai officials - earlier also said Qunun was stopped by Thai authorities in Bangkok because she did not have a return ticket, a hotel reservation or an itinerary to show she was a tourist, which all appeared to have raised a red flag about the reasons for her trip. She feared for her life if forced to return to Saudi Arabia. "She fled hardship. Thailand is a land of smiles". Whilst on holiday in Kuwait, she fled "domestic abuse" from her family and tried to reach Australia to claim asylum.
Lawmakers and activists in Australia and Britain have urged their governments to grant asylum to Qunun. "We will not send anyone to die", he was quoted as saying. "If I go back to Saudi Arabia, I will be dead".
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She barricaded herself in a hotel room at the airport and broadcast videos of her plight on Twitter, saying she had been met by Saudi representatives and her passport seized when she arrived in Bangkok.
Ms Alqunun garnered worldwide attention when she took her plight to social media this week, tweeting that she had "nothing to lose". Those women and the men who are fighting for women's rights activists who are in prison today in Saudi Arabia, they are the leaders - the vanguard of a revolution that will free Saudi women... by ending once and for all the guardianship system which is the foundation of patriarchy in Saudi Arabia...
As Human Rights Watch reported, Lasloom faced "serious risk of harm if returned to her family".
"We've been successful in getting them to agree to do that", Mr Hunt told ABC TV on Wednesday.
Ms Alqunun's case has again highlighted the cause of women's rights in Saudi Arabia.
But the dad would have to wait and see if the United Nations refugee agency would permit a visit.
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She immediately drove to the health-care centre looking for answers - but found very few. "We don't know who this person is yet". "I stay here pretty much 24/7". "I put a note on the door for no males to be coming in to do any checks, only females".
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"I'm afraid, my family WILL kill me."
On Tuesday she began the process of seeking asylum in a third country through the UN.
But a government source told The Australian the visa had not been revoked. In a video clip of the meeting released by Thai immigration police, Alsheaiby is heard telling Thai officials: "From the moment she arrived, she opened a new account and her followers reached nearly 45,000 in a day. and I would have preferred it better if her phone was taken instead of her passport".
Saudi's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that its embassy in Bangkok was in contact with the father "as it's the Embassy's role to inform him on her situation and the date of her return".
"It has been reported that Rahaf had a Visa to go to Australia, and meant to apply for asylum". It said the embassy is not communicating with the teenager, but is communicating with Thai authorities.
Some Saudi female runaways fleeing abuse by their families have been caught trying to seek asylum overseas in recent years.
Alqunun's shrewd use of social media - one of the few tools available to her while barricaded in a hotel room - may have been her saving grace. "It was due to Saudi intervention that she has not made it".
Qunun's case comes at a time when Riyadh is facing unusually intense scrutiny from its Western allies over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October and over humanitarian consequences of its war in Yemen.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had styled himself as a reformer, with women recently granted the right to drive, but these cases raise questions over how the regime exercises control.