Turkiye continues efforts for resumption of Black Sea grain exports

Turkish national defense minister continues to negotiate with his interlocutors to continue activities of grain initiative, says ministry

Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar continues to negotiate and coordinate with his interlocutors for the resumption of Black Sea grain exports, the National Defense Ministry said on Sunday.

In a statement, the ministry said: “To solve the problem and to continue the activities of the grain initiative, which have so far been successfully carried out in coordination, Hulusi Akar continues to negotiate and coordinate with his interlocutors, and the relevant authorities.”

On Saturday, Russia announced that it suspended its participation in the deal to export Ukrainian grain, following attacks on its Black Sea Fleet.

The Turkish ministry said: “Russian personnel working at the Joint Coordination Center in Istanbul are still at the Center. During this period, there will be no shipping from Ukraine. The inspection of the grain-laden ships waiting in front of Istanbul is planned to continue today and tomorrow.”

“The parties are reminded of the importance of continuing this initiative, which has a positive impact on humanity worldwide and proving that all crises can be resolved with goodwill and dialogue, and to avoid any provocation that will negatively affect the continuation of the mechanism,”it added.

The statement said that to date, 9.3 million tons of grain have been safely shipped from Ukrainian ports to countries in need.

Turkiye, the UN, Russia, and Ukraine signed an agreement on July 22 in Istanbul to resume grain exports from three Ukrainian Black Sea ports, which were paused after the Russia-Ukraine war began in February. A Joint Coordination Center with officials from the three countries and the UN has been set up in Istanbul to oversee the shipments.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button