Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the deal on Ukrainian grain exports was a ‘product’ of his country’s diplomatic success as the first ship loaded with grain left the Ukrainian port of Odessa for Lebanon within hours earlier.
The Ukrainian grain export deal signed between Turkey, the UN, Russia and Ukraine is the “product” of Ankara’s “diplomatic success”, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.
“Everyone accepts that the measures taken to overcome the grain crisis, which the world is watching closely, are the product of our country’s efforts,” Erdogan said after the Cabinet meeting in the capital Ankara on Monday.
He added that “this work, initiated under the leadership of our country, is an important diplomatic success”.
Erdogan’s remarks came after the first ship loaded with grain left the Ukrainian port of Odessa for Lebanon on Monday.
Turkish President Erdogan on the first loaded shipment of Ukrainian grain:
– Everyone agrees that the measures taken to overcome the grain crisis in Ukraine are the product of Türkiye
– The works of the cereal corridor initiated under the leadership of Türkiye are an important diplomatic success pic.twitter.com/Lkc1L3jjdk
— TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow) August 1, 2022
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Loaded with corn, the dry cargo ship Razoni, flying the flag of Sierra Leone, will arrive in Istanbul on Tuesday and will continue on its way to the port of Tripoli after inspections in the Turkish metropolis. The ship is carrying a cargo of 26,527 tons of corn.
The president noted that “the grain knot has unraveled” in Istanbul.
Turkey, the UN, Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement on July 22 to reopen three Ukrainian ports – Odessa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny – for grain blocked for months due to the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian conflict, which is now in its sixth month.
To oversee Ukrainian grain exports, a joint coordination center in Istanbul was officially opened on Wednesday, staffed by representatives from Turkey, the UN, Russia and Ukraine to enable safe transportation, by merchant ships, foodstuffs and commercial fertilizers from the three main Ukrainian countries. Black Sea ports.
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