EU member states on Monday reached an agreement in principle on a security mission in the Red Sea. EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Joseph Borrell made the announcement after a meeting of the Union's 27 foreign ministers.
The mission is to protect merchant ships in the Red Sea from attacks by the Yemeni Houthis. “Not a single country has said it is against it. “Maybe some member states won't participate, but that doesn't do it against them,” Borrell said.
The EU must now decide what the precise task of the mission will be and which country will take the lead. The idea is to start work when foreign ministers meet again. The meeting is scheduled to take place on February 19.
Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz also attended the meeting. He angered Borel by showing videos of plans for an artificial island off the coast of the Gaza Strip and a railway from the Middle East to India.
“That has nothing to do with what we talked about today,” Borrell said later. After the meeting, Gates also had to deny allegations in the media that the artificial island was created to deport Palestinians.
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