Türkiye will try to reach an outcome with Kyiv and Moscow for a
potential grain export corridor from Ukrainian ports soon,
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, Trend reports citing Daily Sabah.
“We will try to achieve an outcome through intensifying our
talks (with Russia and Ukraine) in a period of a week or 10 days,”
Erdogan said during a joint press conference with Italian Prime
Minister Mario Draghi in the capital Ankara.
Saying that Turkey does not face a problem due to the global
grain shortage, Erdogan underlined that this is not the case for
other countries while Africa is especially experiencing significant
Turkey has played a central role in negotiations with Russia and
Ukraine to try to reach an agreement that would allow for an
increase in the amount of grain that can get out of Ukraine amid
Some grain was transported west by rail out of Ukraine, but
experts say restoring Ukraine’s ability to export grain through the
Black Sea is necessary to have a significant effect on easing
global food shortages.
Italy and Türkiye are “united in condemning the Russian invasion
of Ukraine and in supporting Kyiv. At the same time, we are on the
front line to seek a negotiated solution that could halt
hostilities and guarantee a stable and long-lasting peace,” Draghi
Draghi thanked Türkiye for its mediation role in unblocking
grain exports from Ukraine, adding, “We need to free these
(exports) as soon as possible to avoid a humanitarian and social
catastrophe in the poorest countries of the world.”
At the Elmau G-7 meeting, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio
Guterres described the outlines of a plan that the U.N. is working
on, which foresees a central role for Turkey, he said.
The Italian prime minister also said stabilization in Libya is
crucial, noting that Italy and Türkiye will work closely together