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"When the United Nations made a request of us that we grant Miss (Rahaf Mohammed) al-Qunun's asylum, we accepted", he said.

The 18-year-old Saudi asylum seeker who fled her family to Thailand and harnessed the power of Twitter to stave off deportation on Friday abruptly suspended her account, with friends saying she had received death threats.

Qunun grabbed global attention this week after barricading herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room to resist being sent home to her family.

A Saudi teenager who fled her family and got stranded at a Bangkok airport has arrived in Canada after being granted asylum there.

Ms Qunun took a Korean Air flight from Bangkok to Seoul on Friday and then a connecting flight to Toronto.

The Saudi woman who barricaded herself in a Thai hotel room in a desperate attempt to flee abuse landed in Canada on Saturday, capping a tumultuous and uncertain journey towards safety.

The office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees welcomed Canada's decision.

Canada's move is sure to further strain its relations with the Arab kingdom.

How did she reach Canada?

Human Rights Watch said Alqunun had been detained in the flight transit zone at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport on January 5 while en route from Kuwait to Australia, where she had meant to apply for asylum.

Alqunun's case has highlighted the cause of women's rights in Saudi Arabia.

The Twitter account used by Qunun throughout her appeal for asylum was temporarily deactivated Friday but she later reappeared online, posting images from an airplane seat of what appeared to be her Saudi passport and boarding pass.

Alqunun was stopped last Saturday at a Bangkok airport by immigration police who denied her entry and seized her passport.

"She chose Canada. It's her personal decision", General Surachate told The Associated Press. It garnered enough public and diplomatic support to convince Thai officials to admit her temporarily under the protection of United Nations officials. She said her father physically abused her and tried to force her into an arranged marriage. Relations between Ottawa and Riyadh have been tense after Canada demanded the immediate release of jailed rights activists past year, infuriating Saudi Arabia who retaliated by freezing new trade with Ottawa.

Saudi Arabia responded by freezing new trade and investment deals, suspending flights to Canada, reassigning students studying there and expelling Canada's ambassador to Saudi Arabia, while recalling its own.

"He has 10 children".

No country, including the USA, spoke out publicly in support of Canada in that spat with the Saudis.

"That is something that we are pleased to do because Canada is a country that understands how important it is to stand up for human rights, to stand up for women's rights around the world", Mr. Trudeau told a news conference in Regina.

"3rd country", she said, in a reference to resettlement in Canada.

On Thursday its foreign minister said Canberra was still assessing the request.

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