A young Saudi woman, Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, who caused an international sensation as she sought asylum abroad arrived in Toronto Saturday where she was welcomed with open arms.
Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland greeted al-Qunun, 18, after she landed in Toronto, wearing a blue ball cap and a gray hoodie emblazoned in red with the word “CANADA.”
She posed for photographers with Freeland at her side, but made no statement.
“She had a pretty long journey and is exhausted and prefers not to take questions for the moment,” Freeland said.
Al-Qunun arrived in Canada after the United Nations Refugees commission asked the North American country to accept her, following her travails at Bangkok’s airport in Thailand.
She was detained by the Thai authorities, citing that her parents did not approve her journey to her initial destination, Australia, and wanted her to be deported back to Kuwait, for onward transfer to Saudi Arabia.