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Egypt signs anti-piracy memo

By-The Egyptian Gazette | 3 October 2009

LONDON - Egypt yesterday signed an anti-piracy memorandum in London, insisting defence of the crucial Red Sea waterway was the "primary responsi- bility" of littoral states, the official Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported.

The memo, signed by the Egyptian Ambassador in Britain Hatem Seif el- Nassr, says it is necessary to prevent the spread of piracy to the Red Sea or the Gulf of Aden, or the Indian Ocean.Ambassador Seif el-Nassr said that the memo called for bolstering ways of cooperating with the flotilla from some 20 foreign countries now patrolling sea lanes in the Gulf of Aden and off the Horn of Africa to stop pirate attacks.

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