The arrests are likely to test already tense ties between Turkey and the UAE. Turkey is a center for Arab dissidents who are targeted by regional intelligence services.
Two suspected United Arab Emirates (UAE) intelligence agents have been arrested in Turkey, state news agency Anadolu said Friday.
Istanbul prosecutors are investigating whether the suspects have any links to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, it said. The alleged agents were detained on suspicion of “political and military spying” and “international spying,” prosecutors said.
A critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, The Washington Post columnist was murdered last year at the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate by Saudi agents. His body hasn’t been found.