Talks are continuing to secure stable exports out of Ukraine and UN is working with the parties to pursue the predictable and stable operations of exports, including shipments of ammonia out of Ukraine.
The UN Coordinator for the Black Sea Grain Initiative, Abdullah Dashti in a two-day visit to Cairo, Egypt met with the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit and briefed him on the implementation of the Black Sea Initiative, its contribution towards global food security and the UN’s efforts to strengthen it.
In the meeting Mr. Dashti mentioned that over 30,5 million tons of grain and food products have so far been shipped from Ukraine to world markets, including over 625,000 tons to people in acute humanitarian need via the UN World Food Programme’s operations.
Nearly 4 million tons of food, which amounts to 13% of total exports under the Initiative, have so far been shipped to countries of the Arab League.
The Initiative has contributed to a drop of 20% of the Food and Agriculture Organization food price index over the last year.
Mr. Dashti also met with Egypt’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ihab Nasr, and Minister of Supply and Internal Trade, Ali ElMoselhy. They discussed the important contribution the Initiative is making in supplying local markets as well as its prospects.
“The UN is working with the parties to pursue the predictable and stable operations of exports, including shipments of ammonia out of Ukraine. Strengthening and fully implementing the Initiative can further contribute to the availability and affordability of key food staples and fertilizers throughout the world, most critically in countries struggling with food security”, Mr. Dashti said.
Meanwhile Mr. Abdullah Abdul Samad Dashti, had a recent meeting in Turkish Embassy in London where he had the chance to discuss the recent developments on the grain deal.