Hiiraan Xog, Arab Parliament has welcomed the initiative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to establish a Group of Arab and African Coastal States of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden (AARSGA).
Last week, Saudi Arabia launched a joint naval drill “Red Wave 1” with the participation of seven Arab countries, namely, Egypt, Jordan, Sudan, Yemen and Djibouti and observers from the Federal Republic of Somalia.
The Speaker of Arab Parliament, Dr. Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami has highly appreciated the initiative and the pivotal role being played by the Kingdom in light of critical circumstances being witnessed by the Arab world to enhance cooperation and coordination among Arab countries and maintain security, peace, and stability regionally and globally.
He praised the efforts being exerted by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince in calling for holding and hosting of the meeting which led to the establishment of such an important group.
Al-Salami described the establishment of this group as an important strategic step to protect the territorial waters of Arab countries.
He said the move will secure navigation in the Red Sea, which is of great importance to the Arab countries’ economy and international trade, where 13% of the world’s trade flows through it.