OSCE chief hails Turkey’s efforts to finalize grain export deal – Middle East Monitor

The Secretary General of the Organization for Co-operation and Security in Europe (OSCE), Helga Maria Schmid, yesterday hailed Turkey’s mediation efforts which led to the signing of the grain export agreement with the United Nations, Russia and Ukraine, Anadolu reports the news agency.

“I am encouraged by the success of Turkish diplomacy, alongside the United Nations. This is so crucial for Ukraine, whose agricultural sector is vital for the economy and the livelihoods of the people, but also for the rest of the world that depends on production,” Schmid said at the 13th Ambassadors’ Conference in Ankara.

Schmid also praised Turkiye’s efforts to evacuate international observers from Ukraine during the war, and said Turkish diplomatic staff “are among the most professional in the world”.

She stressed that dialogue and mediation are among the most important pillars of diplomacy and that the OSCE adheres to these values.

Commenting on the war in Ukraine, Schmid said Russia “didn’t give dialogue a chance.”

On July 22, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and the United Nations signed the “Black Sea Grain Initiative” at a meeting hosted by Istanbul. The deal secures grain exports stranded in Ukrainian ports in a bid to improve global supplies.

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