At the UN Security Council or the UNSC, India has called on Houthi rebels to expedite the release of the country’s crew members from a vessel hijacked off the Yemen coast.
Showing “grave concern” at the UAE-flagged ship’s hijacking, T. S. Tirumurti, the country’s envoy to the UN urged the Houthis to release both the ship and the crew members right away. The Houthis must also take the responsibility of ensuring the safety of crew members until release.
Last week, the Rawabi vessel was hijacked by rebels. At the time of the incident, there were 11 crew members on board. Of these, 7 were Indians. India’s Envoy Tirumurti has to say that this incident could even exacerbate ongoing tensions and can also strongly compromise the region’s maritime security.
New Delhi has been collaborating with the enterprise that operates the vessel. The development has happened despite the intensification of military activities in Yemen.
Envoy Tirumurti called on parties to the conflict to stop fighting, de-escalate the ongoing situation, and also engage unconditionally. The reason behind this is ongoing conflicts have an unimaginable impact on Yemen’s people, especially on the women and the children, and extends way beyond the loss of human lives. He condemned continuous cross-border attacks into Saudi Arabia that specifically target civilian infrastructure along with civilians.