The Kuwaiti, Abdullah Abdul Samad Dashti, has been appointed by the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, to lead the coordination of the Black Sea Grain Initiative (ICMR).
In the announcement made on Wednesday, the UN specifies that Dashti, a former vice-admiral, succeeds in this post to the Sudanese Amir Mahmoud Abdulla.
The ICMR, brokered by the United Nations and Turkey, was set up to restore vital food and fertilizer exports from Ukraine and Russia, which were significantly disrupted by the armed conflict in last February between the two countries.
According to a UN statement, the new ICMR coordinator has over 40 years of experience in naval operations, leadership and management both in Kuwait and in multinational deployments. , just as he was military defense attaché of Kuwait in Belgium and representative of the Kuwaiti mission to NATO.
As a reminder, on July 22, the UN, the Russian Federation, Türkiye and Ukraine agreed on the Black Sea Grain Initiative, during a signing ceremony in the Turkish metropolis, Istanbul.
The agreement allowed Ukrainian exports of grain and other foodstuffs and fertilizers, including ammonia, to resume through a safe maritime humanitarian corridor from three key Ukrainian ports: Chornomorsk, Odessa and Yuzhny/Pivdennyi, to the rest of the world.
To implement the agreement, a Joint Coordination Center (JCC) was established in Istanbul, composed of senior representatives from Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Nations.
According to procedures issued by the CCM, vessels wishing to participate in the Initiative are subject to an inspection off Istanbul to ensure that they are empty of cargo, and then will sail through the maritime humanitarian corridor to Ukrainian ports. to be charged.