From: Biniam Tekle (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Nov 20 2008 - 09:14:30 EST
Seven countries meet in Egypt to discuss piracy in the Red Sea Middle East
Nov 20, 2008, 12:34 GMT
Cairo - Seven countries from the Middle East and Africa met in Cairo on
Thursday to discuss ways to stop piracy in the Red Sea after the kidnapping
of Saudi supertanker 'Sirius Star' with 100 million dollars worth of crude
oil on board.
Participating countries will discuss how to share information on piracy
cases through a centre that will trace and monitor shipping routes. They are
also discussing joint training for their coast guards, according to
Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Djibouti, Sudan, Jordan and Somalia are
participating in the meeting. The Arab League and Eritrea will also be
The United Nations will hold another anti-piracy meeting next month, which
will include other African and Arab countries.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday that Somali
pirates have received 30 million dollars in ransom this year alone.
Piracy also represents a threat to the Suez Canal, a major source of income
in the Egyptian economy, as some ships may divert around southern Africa
rather than going through the canal.
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