Agriculture Minister Presses for Black Sea Grain Deal Extension

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Agriculture Minister István Nagy urged an extension and an expansion of an agreement on exports of Ukrainian grain via the Black Sea at talks with his Turkish counterpart, Ibrahim Yumakli, in Ankara on Tuesday, his ministry said, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Under the agreement, in force since last July and set to expire in a week, over 30 million tonnes of grain, half of it maize, has been shipped out of Ukrainian ports, Nagy noted.

He said a "solidarity corridor" established to expedite deliveries of Ukrainian grain over dry land had "not lived up to expectations", showing the route could not replace seaborne shipments. Difficulties could be resolved with the re-establishment of traditional sea routes for Ukrainian grain to destinations in Africa and the Middle East, he added. 

Nagy invited Yumakli for talks in Hungary, the report adds.

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