India at the UN Security Council called for the release of its nationals from Houthi rebels hijacked vessel off the coast of Yemen.
Expressing grave concern at the hijacking of the Rawabi vessel, the Indian envoy to the United Nations T. S. Tirumurti said, “We urge the Houthis to immediately release the crew members and the vessel. The Houthis also bear the responsibility of ensuring the safety of the crew members till their release. “
The UAE-flagged ship was hijacked by the Houthi rebels last week. It was carrying 11 crew on board, of which 7 are Indian nationals.
This particular incident could also exacerbate the ongoing tensions in the region; it has the potential to deeply compromise the maritime security in the region.
India is in touch with the company operating the vessel. The development comes even as there has been an intensification of military operations in Yemen.
The Indian envoy reiterated India’s call for an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire across Yemen to be followed by a robust and inclusive political process with the involvement of Yemeni women.
Moreover, Yemen has been in a state of civil war since 2011.
India at the UN also called on all parties to the conflict to immediately cease fighting, de-escalate the situation.