The commander of the Coast Guard in the Hadi puppet government, Khalid al-Qamali, arrived in Somalia on Saturday on a mission to arrange the receipt of a shipment of Turkish weapons that arrived on the Somali coast earlier this week.
Media sources said that al-Qamali, who had earlier met with the director of the UN Maritime Crime Office in the Seychelles, also met with the Somali coast guard commander to coordinate what he described as “cooperation between the two sides.”
Al-Qamali’s visit to Somalia came hours after a Turkish cargo ship carrying about 200 armoured vehicles and various weapons arrived at Mogadishu port on their way to Yemen.
The ship remains docked in the Somali coastline near Yemen.
The transfer of armoured vehicles is expected to begin in the coming days, and will be carried out across the coast of the Ahwar district, which Hadi’s forces have retained control of, and which represent a smuggling center on Yemen’s southern coast.