UN chief, Turkish President discuss Black Sea Grain Initiative over phone
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the Black Sea Grain Initiative by phone on Friday (April 28), “Guaranteed to improve, expand and expandAbout this export deal, said the press office of Guterres.
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|The Black Sea Grain Initiative has enabled the export of millions of tons of grain and other food items.|
They also discussed improving the implementation of the Protocol between Russia and the UN Secretariat on the Promotion of Russian Food Products and Fertilizers in World Markets, according to the statement.
On July 22, 2022, Russia and Ukraine signed a document with Turkey and the United Nations on the export of their grain and fertilizers to Turkey, in order to ensure the supply of world markets despite the armed conflict between them.
The agreement, initially valid for 120 days, was extended for an additional 120 days i.e. till March 18, in mid-November 2022.
The Kremlin said on Tuesday (Apr 25) that conditions are not yet favorable for moving the deal forward after Mr Guterres sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin proposing a way to improve, expand and Black Sea Grain Initiative.
During their phone call, Mr. Guterres and Erdogan also discussed the situation in Syria and Sudan, according to a UN statement.