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Turkey tells Ukraine it is important for first grain shipment to take place soon

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FILE PHOTO: Workers storage grain at a terminal during barley harvesting in Odesa region

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar on Monday told Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov that it was important for the first shipment of grain under a U.N.-brokered deal to take place as soon as possible, his ministry said.

In a statement, the ministry said Akar welcomed a statement that Kyiv hopes to begin implementing the deal this week, adding Turkey would continue to do what it has to under the agreement.

Akar, who discussed the grain export deal with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin earlier, also said work at the Istanbul-based joint coordination centre (JCC) was continuing intensely, his ministry said.

(Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Chris Reese)

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