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Seychelles condemn Indian Ocean piracy

APA-Victoria (Seychelles)

The government of the island nation of Seychelles has condemned in unequivocal terms the recent pirate attacks on the civilian cargo vessel RWABEE off the coast of Hodeidah.

Seychelles has long been at the forefront of the fight against piracy in the Western Indian Ocean and expressed alarm that the activities of pirates have been on a steady rise in recent weeks.

"We are deeply disturbed by the recent attacks on the UAE-flagged vessel in the Red Sea" the government said in a statement seen by APA on Thursday.

"In addition to the grave threats to freedom of maritime navigation and international trade, such blatant acts jeopardise regional security and place the protection of the region's citizens at risk" it said.

 Seychelles has urged the pirates responsible for seizing the vessel to release it and its crew.

It also calls for an adherence to international laws.

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