Sisi, PM Johnson agree on strengthening UK engagement in Egypt's priority development plans

Ahram Online , Tuesday 2 Nov 2021

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed in a meeting on Monday on the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26) to strengthen the UK’s engagement in implementing Egypt’s priority development plans.

Abdel Fattah El-Sisi   Boris Johnson
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday 1 November, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Egyptian presidential spokesman)

During the meeting, PM Johnson described Cairo as one of the main partners of the UK in the Middle East, affirming British support to the ambitious development projects being carried out in Egypt, according to Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Rady.

El-Sisi and Johnson agreed on strengthening bilateral cooperation in various fields, especially the areas of investments, security, intelligence, military, as well as education, tourism, and health. 

El-Sisi and Johnson also agreed on opening new cooperation horizons between the two countries, Rady said.

The Egyptian president hailed the UK’s efforts to hold the COP26 amid various challenges.

The two leaders also discussed the latest developments in the efforts to confront climate change.

Egypt has been seeking continuous cooperation with the United Kingdom, especially in supporting efforts for adaptation to the effects of climate change through the Egyptian-British alliance for adaptation and facing the effects of climate change.

Egypt also partnered with the UK on leading on the issue of developing sources of adaptation and resilience within the climate change summit in New York in 2019.

During the meeting, the president affirmed to Johnson Egypt’s aspiration to host the 27th edition of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in November 2022 in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh.

In early October, Egypt was selected as a nominee to host the COP27.

In his speech to the COP26 on Monday, the president called on developed countries to fulfill their pledge to provide $100 billion to developing countries to face global warming.

He also highlighted Egypt’s latest steps in promoting sustainable green development, including plans to increase clean energy sources in Egypt from the current 20 percent to 42 percent by 2035.

El-Sisi met other world leaders on Monday on the sidelines of the conference, including leaders of the DR Congo, Armenia, Romania, Germany, Lebanon, Libya, and the European Commission.

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