Sri Lanka to deploy Navy Ship to Red Sea, Joining Coalition Against Houthis

Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe

Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe said a decision has been taken to deploy a ship belonging to the Sri Lanka Navy in the Red Sea area to contribute to the security of the region against Houthi activities.

The decision comes amid growing concern among international shipping companies over attacks by Iran-backed Houthi militants in the Red Sea.

The Houthis claim to be retaliating against Israel’s military campaign in support of Hamas.

This ongoing disruption in the Red Sea has resulted in increased freight costs and delayed delivery times.

“Shipping has been disrupted due to Houthi attacks on ships in the Red Sea area. To counter this, if ships reroute around South Africa instead of navigating the Red Sea, it will lead to increased cargo costs,” the President said addressing the ‘Shilpa Abhimani 2023’ held at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre in Colombo.