20 February 2024


On the 20th of February, the G7 Transport Ministers strongly condemned attacks by the Houthis on commercial and navy ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. They emphasized that these actions violate international law, endanger lives, and threaten navigational rights.

The EU's maritime operation "Aspides" was welcomed for its role in enhancing maritime security. Adina Vălean, Commissioner for Transport, stressed the importance of coordination and information sharing to safeguard maritime corridors and ensure smooth freight transport.

The attacks have disrupted navigation and posed threats to vessel security, leading to route diversions, increased transit times, and disruptions to global supply chains. The joint statement was made at an extraordinary meeting attended by G7 Transport Ministers, including Commissioner Vălean and counterparts from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.