EU's Borrell hopes lead of EU red sea mission will be known soon

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© APA | European Union's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell

# 31 January 2024 12:43 (UTC +04:00)

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Wednesday he was hopeful it could be decided later in the day which member state could lead the upcoming EU mission to protect vessels in the Red Sea, adding this operation could de launched before mid-February, APA reports citing Reuters.

"We have to decide which country will take the command, where the headquarters will be and what navy assets the member states will provide," he said before the start of an EU Defence ministers meeting, adding he hopes that today it will be decided who will take the lead.

"Not all member states will be willing to participate but no one will obstruct (..) I hope that on the 17th of (February) the mission can be launched," Borrell said.

He added the operation will be named Aspides , "which means protector".

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