Riyadh Hosts Meeting of Red Sea Coastal States

An archive photo of the opening session of Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of Arab and African Coastal States of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden last December

Foreign ministers of Red Sea coastal states are to have meetings in Riyadh this week.

They meet to promote cooperation and economic integration and to ensure maritime security along this international waterway.

The meeting to tackle issues on the responsibility of Red Sea states to prevent the intervention of any foreign country in the affairs of this sensitive area.

It also aims to achieve joint interests at the Red Sea basin.

Especially, it is the communication bridge between cultures and civilizations.

There was a consultative ministerial meeting of the African and Arab Red Sea coastal states in Riyadh in December 2018. It was between Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Sudan, Djibouti and Somalia. They agreed to establish an entity for the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden countries

The entity also aims to boost stability and increase investment opportunities in the above-mentioned countries.

In addition to ensuring maritime security and preventing illegal trafficking.

King Salman was first to propose the vision of states bordering the Red Sea. This is to promote cooperation between the area’s African and Arab coastal states.

The Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden have long represented a critical link in a network of global waterways. This network stretches from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean to the Pacific, prompting its protection from piracy, human trafficking and smuggling.

It also includes the Bab Al-Mandab strait.