On Friday, the Turkish Parliament adopted a proposal to extend for another year the mandate of the naval units of the Turkish Armed Forces in the Arabian Sea, offshore of Somalia, and the Gulf of Aden.
The motion said that the UN Security Council has passed resolutions prohibiting piracy and armed robbery in the region from 2008 through 2021.
According to this statement, the Turkish Parliament authorized the Turkish Armed Forces to operate in the region for one year on February 10, 2009, and the one-year authorisation period has since been extended thirteen times.
The motion stated that Türkiye has supported the efforts in this field from the very beginning and actively participated in the activities within the UN, NATO, the European Union, and the International Maritime Organization, noting that Ankara attaches importance to the development of international cooperation in the fight against piracy and armed robbery.
Crude oil from the Middle East travels via a critical energy route through the Gulf of Aden, which is close to Yemen and the Bab al-Mandab Strait, the fourth-largest oil transit chokepoint in the world.
In close proximity to the gulf and the strait are the Arabian Sea and the country of Somalia.