Türkiye Agrees with Russia Request to Lift Fertilizer Export Obstacles

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu meets his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Ankara, Türkiye April 7, 2023. (Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via Reuters)
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu meets his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Ankara, Türkiye April 7, 2023. (Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via Reuters)
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Türkiye Agrees with Russia Request to Lift Fertilizer Export Obstacles

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu meets his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Ankara, Türkiye April 7, 2023. (Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via Reuters)
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu meets his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Ankara, Türkiye April 7, 2023. (Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via Reuters)

Türkiye’s foreign minister said on Friday he agreed with Russia's request to lift obstacles to Russian fertilizer and grain exports, and that this needed to be addressed to extend the overall Black Sea grain deal involving Ukraine.

Mevlut Cavusoglu told a news conference in Ankara, alongside Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, that Türkiye was committed to extending the UN-sponsored deal ensuring safe passage of grains and other commodities from Ukrainian ports.

"We attach importance to the continuation of the agreement...not only for Russia and Ukraine's grain and fertilizer exports, but also for stopping the world food crisis," Cavusoglu said.

"We also agree that the obstacles to the export of Russian grain and fertilizer should be removed. Issues need to be addressed for the grain deal to be extended further," he said.

Lavrov said the two top diplomats discussed the grain deal, a potential gas hub in Türkiye, the conflict in Syria, and Ukraine.

NATO member Türkiye has positioned itself as an intermediary between Kyiv and Moscow in the 13-month conflict, brokering with the United Nations the only significant diplomatic breakthrough so far.

The deal agreed last July ensures safe passage of vessels despite a Russian naval blockade of Ukraine's ports.

Last month, Russia said it would extend the agreement for another 60 days despite the UN, Ukraine and Türkiye pushing for a repeat 120-day rollover.



AlKhorayef: Saudi Arabia Has Become a Major Global Player in Mining Sector

Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar AlKhorayef speaks at the roundtable in Sao Paulo. (Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources)
Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar AlKhorayef speaks at the roundtable in Sao Paulo. (Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources)
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AlKhorayef: Saudi Arabia Has Become a Major Global Player in Mining Sector

Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar AlKhorayef speaks at the roundtable in Sao Paulo. (Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources)
Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar AlKhorayef speaks at the roundtable in Sao Paulo. (Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources)

Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar AlKhorayef stressed on Tuesday that the Kingdom has proven its strength in the field of mining, becoming a major global player in the field.

It is forging ahead in developing its mining sector as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to diversify its economy, he said during his participation in a roundtable meeting organized by the Federation of Industries of the State of Sao Paulo during his official visit to Brazil.

The roundtable was attended by several leading figures in the mineral wealth sector.

AlKhorayef said mining is a global issue that demands international leadership and cooperation given its importance in pushing forward the energy transition across the world.

“The Kingdom recognizes that global mineral production challenges require collective leadership,” he added.

“Our strategy for real progress is rooted in collaboration, and while we maintain our ambitious goals, we focus on forging strong partnerships worldwide,” he stressed.

“Mineral production transcends economic value; it embodies the potential of our country and people. With our rich resources, skilled workforce, and exceptional investment opportunities, the Kingdom is poised for transformative growth,” he went on to say.

Moreover, AlKhorayef highlighted the fourth edition of the International Mining and Resources Conference, set to take place in Riyadh in January, saying it has become the most important platform for discussing opportunities, issues, and solutions in the global mining sector.

The minister said Saudi Arabia’s national industry strategy aims to diversify 12 main sectors and provide job opportunities at over 800 projects that are worth a trillion riyals.

Furthermore, the minister said Saudi Arabia was seeking to “revolutionize the pharmaceutical sector, with a target to localize 80-90% of insulin production and attract top-tier investments in healthcare.”

He highlighted the Kingdom’s wealth of natural resources and human capital, major investment opportunities and modern infrastructure.

AlKhorayef kicked off his visit to Brazil on July 22. He is later set to visit Chile.