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‘Take necessary measures’: India as tensions rise in the Red Sea

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'Take necessary steps': India as tensions rise in Red Sea

India says it is ‘carefully assessing’ all aspects of situation in Red Sea (Representation)

New Delhi:

India values ​​the free movement of commercial vessels and is carefully evaluating all aspects of the situation in the Red Sea, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, however, also added that New Delhi is not part of any multilateral initiatives or operations in or around the Red Sea.

Notably, tensions increased in the Red Sea after Houthi rebels intensified attacks on transport ships in the Red Sea in “protest” against Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip.

Addressing the weekly press briefing, Bagchi said: “As we said earlier, we value the free movement of commercial vessels, which is one of the fundamental principles underpinning global trade. We are carefully assessing all aspects of the situation unfolding in this region. the armed forces are taking necessary measures in this regard.”

“But I am not aware that India is currently part of any multilateral initiative or operation in or around the Red Sea,” he added.

The Iran-backed Houthis have notably attacked numerous ships in recent weeks, saying they were targeting vessels in the Red Sea “with ties to Israel” to protest its military offensive in Gaza. The group warned against sailing towards the area, Al Jazeera reported.

Earlier on Wednesday, the United States said it had shot down twelve attack drones and five missiles, which it said were launched by the Iran-backed Houthis.

No ships were damaged in the area or injured, US Central Command (CENTCOM) said.

The USS Laboon, a guided-missile destroyer, and F-18 fighter jets from the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group are in the southern Red Sea as part of a U.S.-led coalition to protect the routes navigation against Houthi attacks in the key Bab region. El-Mandeb Strait, according to the Times of Israel.

In a major development, oil major BP has temporarily suspended all transit via the Red Sea, citing security concerns. The alternative for ships avoiding the Suez Canal is to take a much longer journey around Africa, Al Jazeera reported.

As a result, the United States announced the creation of an international coalition against Houthi attacks on international maritime commerce in the Red Sea earlier this month, The Hill reported.

Operation Prosperity Guardian will involve the navies of Bahrain, Canada, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Seychelles, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. The task force falls under the Combined Maritime Forces, a multinational alliance charged with defending the world’s shipping lanes.

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