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Top Turkish, U.S. diplomats discuss historic Ukraine grain export deal

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and his U.S. counterpart Antony Blinken discussed the historic grain export deal and latest developments on the matter in a phone call, less than a day after the first ship passed an inspection in Istanbul and proceeded to Lebanon.

Anadolu Agency TÜRKIYE
Published August 04,2022
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In a phone call, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday discussed the latest on a historic UN-backed deal to resume Ukrainian grain exports through the Black Sea.

Türkiye, the UN, Russia, and Ukraine signed a deal on July 22 to reopen three Ukrainian ports for grain that has been stuck for months due to the Russia-Ukraine war, which is now in its sixth month.

Çavuşoğlu and Blinken discussed the historic deal and latest developments on the matter, less than a day after the first ship passed an inspection in Istanbul and proceeded to Lebanon.

The two also spoke about bilateral ties, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

The deal came after agreement was reached between the parties on the UN-led plan during talks in Istanbul to form a coordination center to carry out joint inspections at the entrances and exits of harbors and to ensure the safety of the routes.

The U.S. State Department on Wednesday commended the UN and Türkiye "for mediating the diplomacy that resulted in today's significant step, which raises hope of bringing the millions of tons of grain stuck at Ukraine's ports to those facing food insecurity arond the world."

"But this is only a first step, and continued implementation of the July 21 UN-facilitated deal is essential to bolster food security around the world," it added, while calling on Russia to "meet its commitments, including by facilitating unimpeded exports of agricultural products from Black Sea ports."