Türkiye wants to send Russian grain to Africa: Erdogan

Last Updated on July 8, 2024 9:43 am

Russia is facing a Western blockade due to Russia’s war in Ukraine. Various countries in the African region depend on this Russian grain. But as free trade has stopped, small economies have faced financial losses in grain imports. In such a situation, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country wants to send Russian grain to Africa and other parts of the world.

For this, he has given a new proposal to the President of the country, Vladimir Putin. Hareet Daily News reported this information in a report on Friday.

Erdogan held a bilateral meeting with Putin at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) conference in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Later, he told the media, “We have made a very good start. Especially in grain supply through the Black Sea Corridor. You know, we have transported 30 million tonnes of grain through this corridor’.

“I have proposed to Putin to transport grain to Africa through a corridor through Turkey, rather than considering Europe as a destination. At the same time, I sought his opinion on introducing a new mechanism for food supply to other countries sensitive to food security.

In July 2022, the United Nations, Turkey and Russia signed an agreement on a safe maritime humanitarian corridor in the Black Sea called the Black Sea Grain Initiative. As a result of the implementation of the initiative, more than 1,000 ships loaded with grain and other foodstuffs left Ukraine from three Ukrainian ports. But on July 17 last year, Russia withdrew from this agreement. As a result, many countries are faced with food crisis.

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