The Ministry of External Affairs said that India is deeply concerned about the current situation in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. Ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said in New Delhi that this is an important shipping lane not only for India but also for the world. He added that the Indian Navy is patrolling the area and trying to secure the sea lane so that economic interests are not affected. Commercial ships using the critical Red Sea shipping route have faced attacks by Yemen-based Houthi rebels in recent weeks. While the Qatari court commuted the death sentence of the eight Indians, the Indian ambassador and embassy officials visited the eight detainees, the spokesperson said. He added that the legal team is looking into the appellate aspect and this appeal has to be filed within 60 days. He said that the matter will now go to the Court of Cassation. Responding to a question on Maldives, Jaiswal said that the India-Maldives High Level Core Group held discussions earlier this month on finding mutually workable solutions. He added that this is an ongoing discussion and things will be taken forward in the next meeting of the core group.