Canada extends arms ban on NATO ally Turkey indefinitely

Canada has indefinitely extended a ban on selling arms to Turkey, which was first imposed in October, Canadian news website CBC said on Wednesday.

Canada on Oct. 16 announced that it had temporarily suspended new arms export permits to Turkey, particularly of military equipment, over Turkey’s military operation in northern Syria.

“Charles-Marie Matte, deputy director of the export controls division at Global Affairs, said in an email that approvals have been suspended 'until further notice'," CBC said.

Turkey's military incursion into Syria, targeting Syrian Kurdish-led forces who fought against the Islamic State, prompted several countries including France, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Norway, the Netherlands, Finland, Spain and Germany to impose a temporary arms embargo on the country.