The 18-year-old Saudi woman who barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room to prevent her forcible return to a family she claims will kill her, has been taken under the protection of the United Nations high commissioner for refugees in Thailand.
Surachate said Alqunun's father and brother were due to arrive soon in Bangkok, but that it was her decision whether to meet with them.
However, Abdulilah al-Shouaibi, charge d'affaires at the Saudi embassy in Bangkok, told Saudi-owned TV channel Rotana Khalijia that the woman's father - a senior regional government official - had contacted the diplomatic mission for "help" bringing her back.
A law firm trying to prevent the deportation from Thailand of a Saudi woman seeking to go to Australia to get asylum to escape from an allegedly abusive family says a Thai court has turned down its request for an injunction.
Ms Alqunun told a Thai human rights worker her family kept her in her room for six months because she cut her hair.
Under male guardianship laws, women must have the consent of a male relative - usually a father or husband - to travel, obtain a passport or marry.
Ms Alqunun said she had been abused by her family and would be killed if she is returned home, because she renounced Islam.
I think she's at serious risk.
Another tweet read: 'I'm afraid my family will kill me'.
The Thai government "needs to explain why diplomats from Saudi Arabia are allowed to walk in closed areas of the Bangkok airport, seizing one of their citizen's passports", he said.
New York-based Human Rights Watch said Thailand should not send Ms Qunun back to her family because she says she faces danger.More news: WRAPUP 2-Powell tells markets Fed is flexible and aware of risks
Qunun said she planned to spend a few days in Thailand, a popular destination for medical treatment, so she would not spark suspicion when she left Kuwait.
At her request, the Thai side chose to hand her over on Monday night to the care of the UNHCR. The country's immigration office confirmed that it is not sending her back to Saudi Arabia just yet.
She used a Canadian tourist's phone to send a message, a video of which was posted to Twitter, saying her family would kill her.
"They will kill me", she said. She fled her family from Saudi Arabia and arrived in Thailand but she didn't have necessary documents to enter.
But he denied that her passport had been seized and that embassy officials were at the airport.
On Monday, the chief of Thailand's immigration police said that al-Qunun was "allowed to stay" in his country, and that she had "left the airport with the UNHCR [United Nations Human Rights Council]".
The Saudi teenager said she was certain she would be jailed if she were sent back to Saudi Arabia.
In 2017, Dina Ali Lasloom triggered a firestorm online when she was stopped en route to Australia, where she planned to seek asylum.
"They wanted me to pray and to wear a veil, and I didn't want to".
The teenager had fled her family who were on holiday in Kuwait, arriving in Thailand on Saturday.
An airline security official reported seeing her dragged out of the airport with her mouth, hands, and feet bound with duct tape.