CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi expressed his aspiration “to continue consultations with the American side on climate change issues in the coming period within the framework of the partnership between Egypt and the United States. United,” during a meeting with US Presidential Climate Envoy John Kerry.
Egypt is hosting the COP27 World Climate Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh in November, and El-Sisi stressed that Cairo will “take a comprehensive and neutral approach during its presidency of this summit”.
He added that Egypt “will take into account the priorities and positions of all parties, in order to ensure that the summit produces positive results in the interest of supporting international climate action with all its components, especially with regard to is about reducing emissions and adapting to climate change”. negative effects of climate change and the mobilization of climate finance for developing countries.
Egyptian presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said that El-Sisi “welcomed the visit of the American envoy to Egypt and held the first meeting of the Egyptian-American working group on climate change during that this, as one of the results of the last cycle of the strategic strategy”. dialogue between Egypt and the United States.
Kerry, who is on a two-day visit to Cairo, affirmed “the confidence of the American side in the Egyptian leadership of the upcoming climate summit, and their willingness to strengthen joint cooperation between the two countries in this framework, in order to advancing the international community”. efforts to address climate change.
The US envoy also “praised President El-Sissi’s seriousness in addressing international climate action and the green transition, which is highly appreciated by the international community”.
He added that this “was reflected in Egypt’s efforts internally and internationally through the Egyptian President’s participation in the Summit of Heads of State and Government on the sidelines of the Glasgow conference last year. , as well as his recent participation in the ‘One Ocean’ in the French city of Brest, then the presidency of the round table on climate change during the last EU-AU summit in Brussels.
Rady went on to say that Kerry underscored “the importance of these efforts in voicing the concerns of developing countries, particularly from Africa, regarding climate action”, and said that “the meeting witnessed discussions on ways to strengthen cooperation between the two friendly countries through the participation of U.S. companies and institutions in Egypt’s efforts to transform itself into an energy center… the main ones being the production of green hydrogen , solar and wind energy, and low-carbon transportation projects and electric vehicles.
“Egypt has taken effective steps to create an enabling climate for investment in these areas, whether by enacting and amending required laws and legislation, or by providing innovative financing mechanisms for green projects such as green bonds that Egypt recently introduced,” he said. .
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, president-elect of COP27, also held a session of talks with Kerry, where they launched the Egyptian-American Climate Task Force, according to the Foreign Ministry.
Shoukry said “it was agreed to establish this group during the round of strategic dialogue between Egypt and the United States last year.”
At a press conference following the talks, the foreign minister said the issue of climate change is a shared priority for Egypt and the United States, especially with Egypt’s willingness to host the 27th session of the climate conference and to lead international efforts to address the crisis in the period ahead.
Last June, Kerry announced increased US funding to help Egypt transition to solar power and move away from fossil fuels, a major energy source in the country.