The Secretary General of the United Nations Organization (UN), António Guterres, called on Monday to extend the agreement between Russia and Ukraine, mediated by Türkiye, on the export of cereals to face global food insecurity in the face of the conflict in Ukrainian territory.
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The head of the United Nations said in a press conference held on the eve of the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, that he is hopeful that the Black Sea grain initiative will be renewed.
At the same time, Guterres stressed that “efforts to ensure that Russian food and fertilizer can flow through global markets are essential for global food security.”
In this sense, he emphasized that “we need urgent action to prevent famine in a growing number of places in the world” while noting that there has been progress in the most recent talks.
In turn, he reported that in recent days he has contacted the authorities of Moscow and kyiv in order to extend the agreement signed last July and that it has allowed the export of more than 10.5 million tons of cereals.
In line, Guterres announced that “on Friday we had a very important meeting with the Russian delegation and I myself will speak with kyiv in a few moments”, meanwhile, he assured that he felt “optimistic” regarding the possible renewal.
In the event that the agreement expires this Saturday, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) warned that the first effect would be the increase in grain prices, making the global food situation more complex.
Disclaimer: Via Telesur – Translated by RJ983
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