Cairo and Washington strengthen their cooperation on climate issues

Cairo and Washington on Saturday discussed joint cooperation in the fight against climate change amid Egypt’s hosting of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh in November. .

In Washington, Rania Al-Mashat, Egyptian Minister for International Cooperation, met with David Thorne, Advisor to US Presidential Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry, to discuss promising investment opportunities in the Egyptian economy, including in with regard to renewable energies.

Mashat said the talks are in line with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s decision to increase the volume of energy produced by renewable sources to cover 42% of the country’s needs by 2035.

A statement from the firm said that Mashat and Thorne also discussed how to benefit from the visit of the American Chamber of Commerce delegation to Egypt and the Egyptian-American Business Council to the United States.

“The two sides also discussed opportunities for joint cooperation between Egypt and the United States to prepare an agenda that enhances cooperation between the two countries in climate action, contributing to Egypt’s hosting of the summit. on the climate COP27, in the light of the formation of a joint Egyptian-American working group on the climate”, adds the press release.

Mashat had mentioned the preparations taken by the Egyptian government to host COP27 while attending the Meridian International Center in Washington to celebrate 100 years of Egypt’s strategic partnership with the United States.

“We will work together for private sector investment in key sectors, including green and technology,” she stressed.

Meanwhile, Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad held a meeting on Saturday with Czech Republic Ambassador to Egypt Jan Fulik to discuss preparations for COP27.

Fouad underlined the deep-rooted relations between Egypt and the Czech Republic, hailing the cooperation between the two countries in the fields of climate change and the environment.

She expressed hope that the COP27 conference would provide an opportunity to build on the outcomes of the COP26 conference, held in Glasgow last year.

For his part, Fulík said that the Czech environment minister is looking to visit Egypt soon to discuss environmental issues.

Teresa H. Sadler