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Joint Statement on Houthi Attacks in the Red Sea
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December 20, 2023

The United States, High Representative Josep Borrell on behalf of the European Union, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on behalf of NATO, and a group representing 44 partner nations have released the following joint statement condemning the numerous Houthi attacks in recent weeks and interference with navigational rights and freedoms in the waters around the Arabian Peninsula.  These outrageous attacks – including the November 19 Houthi-led seizure of the Galaxy Leader and several attacks on commercial vessels since then, threaten the region’s stability and have serious economic impacts for the global community.  International partners have joined together to call on the Houthis to cease additional attacks on commercial vessels in the region’s vital waterways.

 

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The undersigned condemn Houthi interference with navigational rights and freedoms in the waters around the Arabian Peninsula, particularly the Red Sea.  The numerous attacks originating from Houthi-controlled territories in Yemen, including the December 3 attacks against three commercial vessels in the Southern Red Sea connected to 14 nations, threaten international commerce and maritime security.  The Houthi-led seizure of the Galaxy Leader on November 19 and the detention of its 25-member international crew – who remain unjustly detained – is appalling.  Such behavior also threatens the movement of food, fuel, humanitarian assistance, and other essential commodities to destinations and populations all over the world.  The undersigned further encourage all states to refrain from facilitation or encouragement of the Houthis.  There is no justification for these attacks, which affect many countries beyond the flags these ships sail under.  We again call on the Houthis to release the Galaxy Leader crew and ship immediately and to cease additional attacks on commercial vessels in the region’s vital waterways.

SIGNED

High Representative Josep Borrell on Behalf of the European Union

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on behalf of NATO

Australia

The Bahamas

Japan

Liberia

New Zealand

Republic of Korea

Singapore

The United States

Yemen