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President of Türkiye and UN Secretary-General discuss extending Black Sea Grain Initiative

Saturday, 29 April 2023, 12:47

Türkiye’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has had a phone conversation with UN Secretary-General António Guterres. The leaders have discussed Russia's war against Ukraine and prolonging the Black Sea Grain Initiative.

Source: Directorate of Communications of the Türkiye President’s Administration

Details: Erdoğan stressed the importance of extending the Black Sea Grain Initiative.


Türkiye’s leader also expressed his readiness to participate as part of an interagency delegation in a working group to be set up if an agreement on the ammonia pipeline is reached.

The parties also discussed the possibility of involving Türkiye in resolving the conflict in Sudan.


  • During the meeting, representatives of Ukraine and Türkiye agreed to resume registration and inspection of vessels calling at Ukrainian ports.
  • Grain supply through the grain corridor remains suspended for the second day in a row due to Russia breaking the conditions of the initiative.
  • On 17 April, the Russian side blocked ship inspections in Türkiye’s territorial waters for the second time.
  • On 18 April, at the invitation of Hulusi Akar, Türkiye’s Defence Minister, Oleksandr Kubrakov, Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister, travelled to Türkiye to discuss the Black Sea Grain Initiative.

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