The mission's launch comes in response to the Iranian-backed Houthis' continuous drone and missile attacks on commercial vessels.
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni unveiled her long-anticipated development strategy for Africa over the weekend, floating a "non-predatory" approach aimed at fostering cooperation.
The United Nations has announced a 42% drop in trade volume through the Suez Canal over the past two months
The situation in the Middle East was rapidly destabilised in the last week by a slew of bombings, missile and counter missile strikes that brought the whole region much closer to a region-wide war.
Attacks by Iranian-backed Houthis from Yemen on commercial vessels passing through the Red Sea have made some shipowners reluctant to sail via the Suez Canal and Red Sea.
Yemen's Houthi rebels are intensifying their attacks on vessels in the Red Sea, with three commercial ships and a US military unit targeted in the middle of December. All the shipping chokepoints are becoming fouled up.