NewsBelgian frigate Louise-Marie sails for Red Sea amid EU mission against Houthi attacks

Belgian frigate Louise-Marie sails for Red Sea amid EU mission against Houthi attacks

Prime Minister Aleksandr De Croo
Prime Minister Aleksandr De Croo
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2:09 PM EST, January 19, 2024

Last week, the United States and Great Britain carried out military actions against the Houthi. The Netherlands was the sole exception, with no other country in the European Union participating in these actions.

However, several days ago, the European Union countries initially backed a maritime mission geared towards safeguarding ships from Houthi attacks originating from Yemen in the Red Sea.

On Friday, the De Croo cabinet resolved that Belgium would partake in this initiative and deploy the frigate, Louise-Marie, to the Red Sea.

"These attacks have severely threatened maritime security in the Red Sea, hence our decision to join the forming mission," stated the prime minister at a press conference.

"Our duty is to protect the ships, but we won't be attacking the rebels," added Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib.

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