Turkish Foreign Minister says Turkey is ready to do its utmost for Yemen
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Turkey was ready to do its utmost to end clashes in Yemen, Anadolu news agency reported.
Davutoglu said at a news conference about recent developments in Yemen, "there are recently some news reports both in Turkish and foreign newspapers that Turkey might make efforts. Actually it reflects an expectation that Turkey can take action as a regional actor esteemed by the parties. This is a positive expectation."
"We have historical ties with Yemen. We are ready to do our utmost to ensure peace, to protect Yemen's territorial integrity and political unity and to end clashes which have led to bitter incidents among the parties," he said.
"We have consulted with the regional countries. If we can do anything to put an end to the clashes, we will do it. But there is nothing specific for the time being," he said.
There have been clashes in Yemen after security forces intensified operations against an al-Qaida cell believed to be plotting attacks on the U.S. Embassy or other consulates in the country. The Unites States, earlier, expressed its concerns about the spread of terrorism in Yemen after it was revealed that a group, known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, trained and provided the explosive materials for a Nigerian person accused of trying to blow up an American passenger jet heading to Detroit on Christmas Day.
Upon a question about the assault on a Turkish family in Norwegian capital Oslo by police, Davutoglu told reporters that an investigation was under way, and they would inform the public opinion as soon as they received information from Norway.
Replying to a question about Iran's nuclear program, Davutoglu said that Turkey had made extraordinary efforts from the very beginning to ease the tension between the parties and find a solution to the issue through diplomatic ways.
"Our views are certain about nuclear weapons. We consider nuclear weapons a potential threat against humanity. We want the negotiations to be carried out through diplomatic ways without escalating tension," he said.