France Urges To Continue Safe Export Of Grain Through Black Sea

According to a representative of the French Foreign Ministry, France welcomes the dispatch of the first ship carrying grain from Odessa and calls on the parties to continue the secure export of grain across the Black Sea.

« France is glad to see the first ship leave the Odessa port in Ukraine. This is a significant development in the implementation of the agreement reached under United Nations auspices, » the spokesman for the French foreign ministry remarked during a briefing.

In order to lessen global food insecurity, Paris asked the parties to continue the secure shipment of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea, he noted.

The prohibitions on the export of Russian goods and on Russia’s help in exporting grain from Ukraine were lifted on July 22 in Istanbul as a result of multilateral agreements. Representatives of Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, and the United Nations signed the agreement, which calls for the export of Ukrainian grains, foods, and fertilizers via the Black Sea from three ports, including Odessa. The first ship carrying 26,000 tons of corn has sailed from Odessa and is heading for Lebanon, according to a statement made earlier today by the Ukrainian Ministry.

source: reuters.com

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