UN chief pays second call on Ukraine, will visit grain-exporting Black Sea Port

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Secretary-General António Guterres arrived connected Wednesday to Lviv, the largest metropolis successful Western Ukraine.

“Tomorrow, helium volition articulation President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan successful a gathering hosted by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine,” UN Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq told a regular property briefing successful New York.

“He volition spell connected to sojourn Odesa and past Istanbul successful the pursuing days,” helium added.

Checking the grain

During his visit, the UN main volition halt by 1 of the 3 Ukrainian ports progressive successful the model of the Black Sea Initiative to export wheat grain.

Prior to the commencement of the struggle successful February, Ukraine was exporting up to six cardinal tonnes of atom a month. 

However, the warfare triggered atom shortages that person near African countries among the astir heavy impacted.

Yesterday arsenic the archetypal humanitarian vessel nether the Initiative near for the Horn of Africa, the caput of the World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, had said that getting the Black Sea Ports unfastened is “the azygous astir important happening we tin bash close now”.  

“It volition instrumentality much than atom ships retired of Ukraine to halt satellite hunger, but with Ukrainian atom backmost connected planetary markets we person a accidental to halt this planetary nutrient situation from spiraling adjacent further,” helium stated. 

Travel up

Prior to returning to New York, Mr. Guterres volition marque a halt successful Istanbul, Turkey, to sojourn the Joint Coordinating Centre, the mechanics that supports implementation of the UN-brokered Black Sea Initiative connected atom exports. 

This is the 2nd telephone that Mr. Guterres has made connected Ukraine aft the Russian penetration that began connected 24 February. 

The Secretary General archetypal flew to the state astatine the extremity of April erstwhile helium visited the devastated outskirts of the capital, Kyiv, and met with President Zelensky and different high-ranking officials of the country. 

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