We trust Türkiye's independent mediation: Italy

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Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani said that they respect the will of the Turkish people regarding the presidential and parliamentary elections and "we trust Türkiye's independent mediation" regarding the grain corridor.

We trust Türkiye's independent mediation: Italy

Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani stated that they respect the will of the Turkish people regarding the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections held in Türkiye on May 14. "We trust in Türkiye's independent mediation," Tajani said. In an interview with the Italian daily Il Messaggero, Tajani made evaluations on the issues on the international agenda.

'TÜRKİYE IS ONE OF OUR MAIN INTERLOCUTORS FOR STABILITY'

Reminding that presidential and general elections were held in Türkiye yesterday, Tajani said, "We respect the will of the Turkish people. Türkiye remains for us one of the main interlocutors in NATO and for the stability of the Mediterranean."

Asked about the prolonged war in Ukraine and the failure to extend the Black Sea Grain Corridor agreement, Tajani said, "This is a scenario we do not want to think about. The lives of millions of people in poverty are at stake. There could be a crisis in sub-Saharan Africa and in the countries of central Africa, which, together with the war in Sudan, risks setting in motion a very dangerous process of migration."

'WE TRUST YOUR INDEPENDENT MEDIATION'

In such a situation, the instability caused by the lack of grain and basic foodstuffs would lead to a new wave of migration to Europe, Tajani said, adding that he had personally conveyed to the United Nations (UN) that the Black Sea Grain Corridor agreement should continue. "We rely on Türkiye's independent mediation," Tajani said. 

MOVING TOWARDS AN AGREEMENT

Minister Tajani also announced that they will host an international conference on food security together with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), headquartered in Rome, in July. Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar had stated on May 12, "We are moving towards an agreement on extending the duration of the grain agreement" regarding the quadrilateral format meeting between the deputy defense ministers of Türkiye, Russia and Ukraine and UN officials in Istanbul.

Thanks to the Black Sea Grain Agreement signed on July 22, 2022, it is stated that 30 million grains have been delivered to those in need since then.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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