The United Nations has welcomed the official start of the operation of a new centre to put Ukraine grain exports deal into motion.
Ukraine, Russia and Turkey signed the agreement in Istanbul on Friday.
UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq, in a statement on Friday, said the agreement underscores the importance of the parties working in partnership directly to effectively implement the Black Sea Grain Initiative, with a view to reducing global food insecurity.
“This will help to effectively respond to and prevent rising global food insecurity,’’ Haq said.
“Together with the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Russian Federation and the Secretariat of the UN, the access of Russian food products and fertilisers to world markets will improve.
“It will help reinstate confidence in the global food market and reduce food prices from their current levels,” he added.
The centre, based in the Turkish capital, Istanbul, will help implement the UN-brokered deal to resume exports of Ukrainian grain via the Black Sea, amid the ongoing conflict and rising food prices worldwide.