1st grain ship out of Ukraine to anchor off Istanbul on Tuesday: Turkish defense min.

Baku, August 1, AZERTAC

A grain-loaded ship that departed from the Ukrainian port of Odesa will be in Istanbul on Tuesday at 12 p.m. GMT, Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Monday, according to Anadolu Agency.

"The ship will be anchored off the coast of Istanbul around 1500 (local time) for a joint inspection," Akar said at Anadolu Agency's Editors' Desk in the capital Ankara.

Akar's remarks came after the first grain-loaded ship departed from Ukraine's port of Odesa for Lebanon earlier on Monday. Loaded with corn, the Sierra Leone-flagged dry cargo ship Razoni will arrive in Istanbul on Tuesday, and it will continue on its way to the port of Tripoli following inspections in the Turkish metropolis. The ship is carrying a cargo of 26,527 tonnes of corn.

Akar said that the efforts on grain shipments from Ukraine will continue, adding that this matter is a "humanitarian issue."

"The next ships will continue likewise without any disruptions," he underlined.

Turkiye, the UN, Russia, and Ukraine signed a deal on July 22 to reopen three Ukrainian ports - Odesa, Chernomorsk, and Yuzhny - for grain that has been stuck for months because of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, which is now in its sixth month.

On grains and chemicals awaiting shipment out of Russian ports, Akar said Turkiye would "be glad" to contribute on that issue as well.

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