Egypt interested in coordinating with India on climate issues: FM

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry – President-elect of the 27th United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP27) – discussed COP27 and climate initiatives with Bhupinder Yadav – Indian Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change – by telephone.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said Shoukry underscored Egypt’s appreciation for India’s important role in climate change negotiations.

He also welcomed India’s recent announcement to strengthen its Nationally Determined Contributions to reduce emissions, which contributes to efforts to meet the goals of the Paris Agreements on climate change.

Furthermore, the Foreign Minister highlighted Egypt’s interest in coordinating with India on various climate issues, in view of India’s upcoming G20 Presidency next year.

Abu Zeid added that the Indian minister, for his part, praised the efforts of Egypt’s chairmanship of the climate conference.

He also expressed his confidence in Egypt’s ability to lead international climate action in the coming period and in the success of COP27 and its delivery of the desired outcomes that safeguard the interests of developing countries, including regarding climate change adaptation issues and climate finance.

Furthermore, Shoukry expressed his aspiration for India’s expected participation at the highest possible level in the COP27 to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh in November.

He also expressed his aspiration for India to participate effectively and constructively in the various activities of the conference, adding that Egypt looked forward to continued consultations and coordination with India in this regard during of the coming period.

Teresa H. Sadler