Yemen officially asks for clarification from Iran on weapons
Yemen, Iran discuss case of ship (Jehan 1)
SANA’A- Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi met here on Sunday with the Iranian ambassador to Yemen Mahmoud Hassan Alizadeh.
They discussed the case of the ship (Jehan 1), which has been seized in the Yemeni territorial waters coming from Iran with arms shipment aboard.
The Foreign Minister stressed in the meeting that the Yemeni government will not allow interference in its internal affairs by any party, or that its territory becomes a place for proxy wars. He also requested an explanation from the Iranian side about the ship.
Yemeni coastguard forces backed by international forces managed on January 23 to intercept the ship as entering the eastern Yemeni territorial waters of Mahrah governorate after obtaining accurate intelligence information. Eight Yemeni sailors were also captured on the ship.
The Omani coastguards have suspected and stopped the ship but could not detect the arms hideouts, the statement said, stressing the intelligence information enable the Yemeni coastguards to discover them.
The Yemeni security authorities are investigating currently some shipments entered the county in May 2012 coming from the same source, it read.
Earlier, the government has sent a formal request to the UN Security Council to probe into the Jihan1's arms shipment.