EU Launches Mission to Protect Maritime Traffic in Red Sea

Voice of America News reports: “The European Union on Monday officially launched its mission to protect maritime traffic in the Red Sea, which has been disrupted by Houthi rebel attacks, the European Commission president said.

Several countries have expressed their intention to participate in this mission, called Aspides (‘shield’ in ancient Greek), including Belgium, Italy, Germany and France. Spain has indicated that it will not participate.

‘Europe will ensure freedom of navigation in the Red Sea, in coordination with our international partners,’ EC President Ursula von der Leyen posted on X from an EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels.

‘We have just approved the launch of the naval military operation Aspides, of which Italy will have command of the forces,’ Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani confirmed on X.

The mission is planned for one year but may be renewed…”

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