Teheran alleges Asghari has been missing since after his arrival to Turkeyfrom Syria in early December, when a woman identifying herself as hiswife applied to the Turkish Embassy in Teheran, asking
A senior Turkish diplomat told Today's Zaman: "Asghari wasreported as having disappeared with his family, but when his wife appearedyesterday and applied to the Turkish Embassy, our suspicion over
Today's Zaman has learned that
"Firstly, they wait more than a month after he wasallegedly missing to inform the Turkish side and secondly theychose to inform us of the incident during a routine consulate meeting. This isvery bizarre behavior from the Iranians," said the same Turkish diplomaticsource.
Asghari, who some quarters allege is a spy, was first reported to have gonemissing with his family and fled to
She was accompanied by three of their children as well as Asghari's brother,Davud Asghari, during her visit. Speaking later on an Iranian radio station,Ahmadi claimed that Asghari "would never seek asylum."
Adding, "He had no problems in
Forty-six-year-old Asghari, also a retired general in the eliteRevolutionary Guards, arrived in
Ahmadi spoke with Agence France-Presse following her application to theTurkish Embassy in Teheran and said that her husband was a loyal servant of theIranian Islamic Republic.
He retired two years ago and had since been involved in olive farmingand the olive oil trade in
He did not elaborate and Iranian officials have not provided more details,The Associated Press reported.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry confirmed earlier that it was looking for Asghariafter being informed of his disappearance by the Iranian authorities.
'He might be hiding or killed, we don't know' Turkish police officials havebeen continuing their investigation of Asghari's whereabouts, while spyingallegations continue, some claiming the retired general had worked for the CIA,some Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency.
"We do not know yet. But we have been pursuing the matter,"he added, declining to elaborate further over the matter.
But Ankara, experiencing tension with neighbor Iran over the latter'shandling of foreign policy issues, has become increasingly nervous Teheran isusing Asghari's disappearance as a pretext to exert pressure over other matterssuch as a planned summit on Iraq that Teheran has been objecting to -- due totake place in Ýstanbul in April -- and Iran's continued defiance of theinternational community over its uranium enrichment program, which Turkey hasbeen urging Iran to settle through dialogue.
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