Kuwait and Bahrain expressed satisfaction on Friday with a deal allowing Ukraine to resume grain exports via the Black Sea.
Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry praised Türkiye and the United Nations for their roles in getting the pact signed in Istanbul. The accord represents a step toward global food security and lower food costs.
“This, ideally, will be a step toward political resolution between Ukraine and Russia,” it added.
Similarly, Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry lauded the agreement as a crucial step toward maintaining food security, particularly for nations impacted by Ukraine’s grain export ban due to the current war.
The ministry also lauded the efforts of Türkiye and the United Nations.
“Negotiations and conversation are the best methods to seek constructive solutions to the two nations’ disputed problems, including a ceasefire and a peaceful resolution of the conflict to strengthen security and stability in the European and global arenas,” the statement continued.
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Ukraine is a global “breadbasket” and the world’s fifth-largest wheat exporter.
UN experts warned in June that Russia’s conflict with Ukraine threatens global food security, citing the potential of hunger, destabilization, and mass exodus as Russia blockades the Black Sea ports that typically transport grain worldwide.
Internationally recognized for its role as a mediator, Turkey worked with Moscow and Kyiv to open a corridor from the Ukrainian port city of Odesa to restart global grain supplies that had been interrupted due to the war, which is now in its fifth month.