Last April, when pirates off the coast of
It is estimated that pirates have carried out more than 82 attacks this year just in the waters of the
Piracy threatens the health and safety of our seamen and disrupts the free flow of maritime commerce in major commercial corridors.
Working together, we will draw upon the resources of both our nations to identify areas where we can improve counter-piracy training and education.
We will develop best practices to enhance vessel security, conduct drills to ensure our seamen are prepared to respond to acts of piracy, and share information. And we will also examine ways to strengthen legislation and regulations to address this problem.
President Obama understands that a healthy maritime transportation sector is vital to our economy; vital to our ability to compete globally; and vital to our continued good relations with trading partners around the world.
Our new arrangement with the