The parties came together in Istanbul to sign the necessary agreement on the solution of the grain crisis that started with the Russia-Ukraine war. President Erdoğan of the Republic of Türkiye and Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General, also attended the ceremony of the 'Grain Shipment Agreement' signed between Russia and Ukraine.

At the signing ceremony hosted by Türkiye, the Secretary-General of the United Nations said, "With this agreement, they will open a new windpipe in many parts of the world."

The agreement was signed by the Minister of National Defense of Türkiye Mr. Akar, Minister of Defense of Russia Mr. Shoigu and Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Mr. Kubrakov.

President Erdoğan made the following comment on the subject, 'With this agreement, we will contribute together to prevent the danger of hunger that awaits billions of people all over the world, from Africa to the Middle East, from America to Asia. Providing world supply security in agriculture and food products is important in many respects. With this step, possible additional price increases due to the loss of productivity caused by the heat wave and drought will be prevented. It will help control food inflation, which has become a global problem. I would like to thank Mr. Putin and Mr. Zelensky for their leadership," he said.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres said, 'Today there is a ray of hope in the Black Sea. It comes when the world needs it most. I want to thank all the parties who are making this happen right now.'

Mr Guterres, who thanked President Erdogan for his persistent follow-up, continued his words as follows, 'This agreement is actually being signed for the world. The deficit in the global food web will be reduced, and food prices will fall. The world needs this for the solution of the global world food crisis and Türkiye has a critical importance here. We are here today to ensure the passage in the Black Sea. I think that at the point where both sides entered into this bloody conflict, it should come to an end. This light of hope in the Black Sea is very bright, may this light of hope help people come to an end to the problems they suffer.'

The control of the shipments will be made from the coordination centre to be established jointly in Istanbul, and the work is expected to start as soon as possible.

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