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Maintaining Red Sea security is a regional and international necessity

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The current conflicts and security tensions in the Red Sea region are not just local concerns; they reverberate globally, impacting maritime transport, shipping costs, and economic activities.

With over 15 percent of global trade passing through the Red Sea, ensuring its security is paramount for both regional stability and international commerce. The Red Sea's geopolitical significance lies in its role as a crucial route connecting Africa, Asia, and Europe, attracting major powers and regional players vying for strategic advantages. Historical events, such as control during World War II and the establishment of the Suez Canal, underscore its enduring importance.

Efforts to maintain maritime security date back to initiatives like the Jeddah Pact in 1956 and more recent endeavors such as the Council of Arab and African Border States of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. However, activation of these initiatives is crucial to effectively address current challenges and combat maritime criminal activities like piracy and human trafficking. Regional cooperation, led by countries like Saudi Arabia and Djibouti, is essential to safeguarding the Red Sea's security amidst external interventions and geopolitical tensions.

The recent Gaza conflict further highlights the interconnectedness of regional stability and Red Sea navigation, underscoring the urgent need for concerted efforts at both regional and international levels. Djibouti, alongside other Red Sea countries, has advocated for stability in neighboring nations like Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen, recognizing the broader implications of regional crises on Red Sea security. As the Red Sea remains a vital artery for global trade and economic prosperity, unified action is imperative to mitigate risks and ensure the safety of navigation in this critical waterway.


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Source: Arab News