Tokyo, 23 July 2022 (TDI): On Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan stated that the United Nations, Türkiye, Russia, and Ukraine have agreed to resume the export of grain from Ukraine through the Black Sea.

Japan praised the four parties’ agreement to end a de facto embargo of Ukrainian Black Sea ports. The beginning of grain exports to other countries will help the struggling global food supply.

Japan also appreciated the UN’s relentless efforts. It especially thanked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for his relentless efforts for the cause.

Japan also appreciated the efforts made by UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths and UNCTAD Under-Secretary-General Rebeca Grynspan.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan mentioned that there are still a lot of things needed to be sorted out before grain exports resume. However, this is a crucial step in resolving the world food crisis.

Japan expects all parties to rapidly take the required measures so that grain shipments may begin. It also assured to closely monitor whether the agreement will be consistently carried out.

Additionally, Japan demanded that Russia should end this ongoing conflict with Ukraine. It should also promptly permit the safe and secure transfer of grain from Ukrainian Black Sea ports.

Assistance by Japan

Japan has been helping Africa and the Middle East, which are experiencing food shortages by donating food aid. The Government of Japan has provided assistance through international organizations like the WFP, bilateral cooperation, and Japanese NGOs.

Japan has also been helping Ukraine through FAO to increase and improve its grain storage capacity. It also backs the EU’s “Solidarity Lanes” proposal, which will send grain from Ukraine to EU ports for export over land.

In conclusion, Japan mentioned that it will continue to promote Ukrainian grain exports. It also will improve global food security by working with the G7 and the international community.