PRESS RELEASE- Yemen News Agency

June 26, 2014: Yemen sought on Thursday the Netherlands' support to lift the European Union's (EU) ban on air cargo shipments originating in Yemen.

During their meeting, Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Hamid al-Awadhi reviewed with Dutch ambassador to Yemen Jeroen Verheul discussed Yemen's request to lift the ban on air cargo bound for the EU from Yemen.

The United States lifted its ban on air freight from Yemen in October 2013. The US Homeland Security decided to ban all air freight from Yemen following the discovery in 2011 of explosives within several packages originating from Yemen.

During their meeting, al-Awadhi and Verheul also discussed areas of cooperation between the Yemen and Netherlands in area of smuggling phone calls. They discussed the mutual cooperation between the Yemen's diplomatic institute and Dutch diplomatic institute.

For his part, the Dutch ambassador said that Yemen is an important partner for the Netherlands, reiterating his country's commitment to support the underway political process in Yemen.