More than 11.1 million tons of essential food has been shipped as part of the agreement involving Türkiye, Ukraine, Russia and the United Nations, since it was signed on 22 July.
Speaking from Cairo, where Mr. Guterres was en route from the G20 summit in Bali to the COP 27 climate conference in Sharm el Sheikh, he said in a statement. tweet videos that he was “deeply moved” and grateful to have reached an agreement in Istanbul.
The UN chief also expressed a deep commitment to removing “remaining obstacles to the unhindered Russian exports of food and fertilizers”, as these remain “necessary” to avoid a food crisis next year.
He also praised the role played by Türkiye and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, noting that Istanbul has become an “essential hub for discreet diplomacy to resolve dramatic issues”.
He expressed deep gratitude to the Turks for their generosity and “very productive commitment”.
in one own statementGuterres affirmed that the United Nations remained “fully committed” to supporting the initiative Joint Coordination Center monitor the movements of ships to and from Ukraine, “so that this important supply line continues to operate smoothly”.
Essential tool against hunger
He said both agreements signed three months ago “are essential to lower food and fertilizer prices and avoid a global food crisis.
“The Black Sea Grains Initiative continues to demonstrate the importance of discreet diplomacy in the context of the search for multilateral solutions.”