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Region: Europeans launch maritime security mission

A group of eight European Union countries has launched another maritime security operation in the Gulf, to be based in France’s existing Camp de la Paix naval base in Abu Dhabi. The European Maritime Awareness in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASOH) mission is supported by Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal. In a joint statement issued on 20 January, they pointed to rising insecurity and instability in the region which was affecting freedom of navigation and “jeopardising trade and energy supplies with potential worldwide economic consequences”.

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