Saudis detain Turkish military attache to Kuwait

At Turkey's request, Saudi Arabia arrests Turkey's military attache to Kuwait at the Dammam airport.

Ben Ariel,

Turkish military stand guard near the Taksim Square in Istanbul
Turkish military stand guard near the Taksim Square in Istanbul
Reuters

Saudi Arabia on Sunday night detained Turkey's military attache to Kuwait at Ankara's request, Reuters reports, citing Al Arabiya TV.

According to the report, the attache was arrested while he was at the kingdom's Dammam airport.

Reasons for the arrest were not provided, but it is assumed that Turkey asked for the arrest due to suspicions the attache was involved in the failed coup attempt over the weekend.

6,000 soldiers were arrested over the weekend following the crisis, including some 50 senior officers.

In addition, Turkish authorities on Saturday issued an arrest warrant for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's top military aide.

Col. Ali Yazici is one of the most senior military officers to be targeted in a government purge of the military following the failed coup attempt.

Meanwhile on Sunday, the Saudi official news agency SPA reported that Saudi King Salman had congratulated Erdogan on weathering the failed military coup launched against him.

"His majesty congratulated him for the return to normal in Turkey and expressed the kingdom of Saudi Arabia's welcoming of the security and stability restored by the leadership of his excellency (Erdogan) and the continuation of the activities of the Turkish government," SPA said in a statement quoted by Reuters.




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