ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish intelligence has arrested a person suspected of spying on Arab dissidents in Turkey on behalf of the United Arab Emirates, a senior Turkish authorities official mentioned Friday.
The suspect, who has not been recognized, allegedly infiltrated expatriate Arab dissident and journalist teams in Turkey, the official advised The Related Press. He traveled to Turkey utilizing the passport of an Arab nation apart from that of the UAE.
The person allegedly confessed to spying on Arab nationals and “offered a trove of paperwork” proving his affiliation with the UAE’s intelligence service, the official mentioned.
The official offered the knowledge on situation of anonymity in step with Turkish authorities protocol.
The arrest comes amid troubled relations between Ankara and Abu Dhabi. In August, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to droop diplomatic relations with the Gulf state after it introduced it was establishing ties with Israel.
Final 12 months, Turkey arrested two different individuals on prices of spying on behalf of the UAE — which is Saudi Arabia’s closest Arab ally — together with one who had allegedly arrived in Turkey shortly after the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in his nation’s consulate in Istanbul in 2018.
Authorities mentioned on the time that they have been investigating the likelihood that the lads may have been concerned in his killing.