Turkish president says Black Sea grain deal extended for 120 more days

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Turkish president says Black Sea grain deal extended for 120 more days

The agreement on the Black Sea Grain Corridor has been extended for 120 days, starting from November 19, 2022, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed on Thursday, reports Anadolu Agency (AA).

Erdogan spoke on this topic via his official Twitter profile.

"In accordance with the resolution reached by Türkiye, the UN, the Russian Federation, and Ukraine, the Black Sea Grain Initiative was extended for an additional 120 days beginning November 19, 2022, as a result of the quadrilateral discussions hosted by Türkiye."

Erdogan said. and added: "With the delivery of more than 11 million tonnes of grains and foodstuffs to those in need via approximately 500 ships over the past four months, the significance and benefits of this agreement for the food supply and security of the world have become evident."

"I would like to thank United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, President Putin of Russia, and President Zelensky of Ukraine, for their willingness to prolong the agreement, and I would also like to congratulate all those who contributed."

Erdogan expressed his gratitude to the United Nations, Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi for their willingness to extend the agreement, and congratulated everyone who contributed and wished the agreement to be successful.

Guterres on Thursday welcomed the agreement reached by parties to continue the Black Sea Grain Initiative. "I welcome the agreement by all parties to continue the Black Sea Grain Initiative to facilitate the safe navigation of export of grain, foodstuffs and fertilizers from Ukraine," Guterres said in a tweet.

"The initiative demonstrates the importance of discreet diplomacy in finding multilateral solutions," he added. On July 22, Turkey, the UN, Russia, and Ukraine signed an agreement in Istanbul on the restoration of Black Sea grain exports, which were suspended after the Russian-Ukrainian war began in February.

A Joint Coordination Center with officials from the three countries and the UN was set up in Istanbul to oversee the shipments.