Diplomat: Arms Cargo Was Illegal, Turkey Can Offer Help on Investigation
[Yemen Post] The arms which were seized in south Yemen days ago were shipped illegally and the Turkish authorities did not know about them, said Turkey's ambassador to Sanaa Fadli Showrman in a news conference on Tuesday.
"The arms were smuggled and the shipment will not affect the Yemeni-Turkish ties because Turkey is really concerned about Yemen's stability and security," he said.
"Turkey is ready to help Yemen investigate the trafficking of the arms. Turkey stands at one place from all factions in Yemen because it does not accept by any means that something affects the country's stability which serves its stability," he added.
Thousands of Turkish-made pistols were seized at the Aden port days ago that were hidden inside biscuit boxes. The authorities have identified the dealer to whom the arms were shipped from the Port of Mersin in Turkey.
Showrman said the trade between his country and Yemen will not be affected after the seizure. The two countries will sign a bilateral agreement to boost their customs cooperation as part of the plans to forge the bilateral links in all areas, he said.Turkish deputy prime minister for economic affairs, Ali Babacan, will arrive in Sanaa in the near future to hold talks about the bilateral cooperation and discuss how Turkey can expand its investments in Yemen.
Posted by: Fred 2012-11-07