Thai govt: Saudi girl who fled her family in Kuwait over-exaggerating

The Charge d’Affaires of the Saudi Embassy in Bangkok, Abdul-Ella Shuaibi has confirmed that a Saudi girl who was with her father in Kuwait has managed to flee to Bangkok.

Her father lives between Hail and Kuwait and he is the one who filed a report related to her escape.

He told Okaz that the embassy in touch with the Thai authorities to ensure her return to the country. He added that they have been told that if she reached the legal age and her documents were legal and complete they will not be able to do so.

However, it has become clear that her documents are incomplete, including a hotel booking and a return ticket. Shuaibi denied that the embassy had withdrawn her passport. “No one from the embassy has met with her,” he said.

He said that the Thai authorities were the ones who confiscated her passport for violating the entry regulations and they are taking the appropriate action accordingly.

Thai immigration authorities denied Qunun’s allegations that they were acting at the behest of the Saudi government, saying she was refused entry to Thailand on Saturday night because she did not have the proper documents for a visa on arrival.

International media reported that Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun said she fled Kuwait while and had planned to travel on from Thailand to Australia.

Thai immigration chief Surachate Hakparn said he had had no contact with Saudi officials or Thailand’s foreign minister before Qunun’s arrival. He said she was denied entry because she did not have a paid return ticket or a hotel reservation.

“She was over-exaggerating ... She fled her family from Saudi Arabia and arrived in Thailand but she didn’t have necessary documents to enter. Thai immigration had to deny her entry,” he said, describing such cases as standard procedure.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:54 - GMT 06:54
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