Seizure of the Galaxy Leader (21 November 2023)

France condemns the seizure of the Galaxy Leader by the Houthis on November 19 and calls for the immediate release of the commercial vessel’s crew.

The ship’s seizure as it transited the Red Sea in international waters and its diversion to Hodeida are jeopardizing safe, free shipping in the region, in violation of international law. This act also undermines the interests of the Yemeni people and neighboring countries.

France calls on all regional stakeholders to avoid an escalation. That is the message that the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs is conveying to all of her interlocutors, including her Iranian counterpart this past Thursday.

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