US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has unveiled a four-point plan to tackle piracy in the Gulf of Aden.
The US four-point plan includes sending an envoy to the Somali donors' conference in Brussels on 23 April to work on plans to improve the situation in Somalia.
Mrs Clinton said the US would work with the Contact Group on Piracy Off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS to expand the multinational response to piracy.
The state department will set up meetings with members of the Somali Transitional Federal Government and regional leaders.
"I have directed the [State] Department to work with shippers and the insurance industry to address gaps in their self-defence measures."
In summary, the four points are:
1. go to a meeting
2. go to a meeting (or several)
3. go to a meeting (or several)
4. go to a meeting (or several)
Hotels and airlines applaud these bold moves.