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Turkey Says Intercepts Arms Shipment From Iran To Syria

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has confirmed that government authorities have intercepted an arms shipment from Iran to Syria, state-run Anatolian news agency said.

Asked about a report that a truck containing weapons had been intercepted by Turkish authorities, Davutoglu said: "We have this information and the necessary investigations are being made. ... I will give detailed information when necessary."

A report in Germany's "Sueddeutsche Zeitung" on August 4 cited "Western diplomatic sources" as saying that Turkey had stopped the delivery.

In March, Turkey told a UN Security Council panel it seized a cache of weapons Iran was attempting to export in breach of a UN arms embargo.