Turkey announced today, Wednesday, the arrest of several people, including two Iranian citizens, on charges of planning to kidnap a person from Turkey and forcibly return him to Iran.
The Turkish intelligence and police forces arrested 8 people, including two “Iranian agents”, who planned to kidnap and “return” a former Iranian military official to Iran through the state of Van (eastern Turkey).
The Turkish-Iranian border in Van province (archive)
The identities of the detainees or the reasons for their attempts to kidnap a former Iranian military official were not disclosed.
Historically, Iran and Turkey have close economic relations, but they become tense from time to time due to regional disputes, espionage, and attempts to kidnap Iranian dissidents on Turkish soil.
A Turkish soldier stands on the border with Iran in Van province, with Iranian soldiers standing behind him (archive)
Tensions between the two countries have recently increased due to Ankara’s support for the Republic of Azerbaijan in its disputes with Iran.
On the other hand, Turkey arrested an employee of the Iranian consulate in Istanbul last February for interrogation regarding the assassination of an Iranian dissident in Turkey in 2019.