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Greece joins naval coalition to provide safety in red sea shipping

Greece joins naval coalition to provide safety in red sea shipping

Greece joins naval coalition to provide safety in red sea shipping

Greece joins naval coalition to provide safety in red sea shipping

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  • Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis ordered a Greek navy frigate to join the task force.
  • Houthi militia, backed by Iran, claims attacks support Palestinians in the Israel-Hamas conflict.
  • Attacks on the Suez Canal have forced shipping companies to redirect vessels.
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Greece has decided to participate in a naval coalition led by the United States, aimed at protecting the Red Sea’s global shipping route from potential threats posed by Yemen’s Houthi militia.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has ordered a Greek navy frigate to join this task force, as announced by Defense Minister Nikos Dendias in a televised statement.

Highlighting Greece’s status as a significant maritime nation, Dendias emphasized the country’s “fundamental interest” in addressing the substantial threat to global maritime transport.

The coalition, initially introduced by US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, includes several other nations such as Britain, Bahrain, Canada, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Seychelles, and Spain.

The Houthi militia, backed by Iran, claims that their missile and drone attacks on passing container ships aim to support Palestinians in the ongoing conflict between Israel and the militant group Hamas since October 7.

These attacks in the waters leading to the Suez Canal, a critical chokepoint handling about 10 percent of global trade, have compelled many shipping companies to redirect their vessels.

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