Saudi authorities in Dammam have detained Turkey's military attaché to Kuwait upon request of the Turkish government, Al Arabiya online news reported Sunday midnight.
Quoting Saudi sources, Al Arabiya said the military officer, Mikael Ihsanoglu, was to board a plane at Dammam Airport on his way to the city of Dusseldorf, Germany, passing through Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The detention request comes as the Turkish government launched a massive crackdown against participants of a bloody coup attempt that began on Friday.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the Turkish people to go out on the streets and stop the coup plotters, which they did. The coup attempt faltered on Saturday as loyal troops rallied behind Erdogan.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman had congratulated Erdogan for his success in quelling the power grab attempt.
A statement by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on Sunday said King Salman telephoned Erdogan and "congratulated him on Turkey's return to normalcy and expressed 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.”
Erdogan "thanked the King Salman for his sincere feelings and keen interest in what is happening in Turkey, praising the distinguished relations between the two brotherly countries," said the statement.