Egypt s Foreign Minister and COP27 president-designate Sameh Shoukry speaking with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi on Sunday evening via video conference (Photo courtesy of the foreign ministry s Facebook page)
Egypt, which will host the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh in November, has been in talks with a host of international partners to ensure the success ofthe event.
During a video conference call, Shoukry and Hayashi also discussed bilateral relations between the two countries, as well as the latest regional and international developments, foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said on Sunday.
They also discussed cooperation in the fields of culture, investment and trade.
Both FMs also addressed various cooperation mechanisms that could benefit Arab and African countries.
The Japanese foreign minister expressed his country's continued support for the activities of the Cairo International Centre for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (CCCPA).
The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs founded the CCCPA in 1994 "as an independent, non-partisan center of excellence in training, capacity building and research in the fields of conflict prevention and resolution, crisis management, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, transnational threats, and preventing radicalization and extremism leading to terrorism."
For his part, Shoukry seconded praise for the centre's role in promoting peace and security in the African continent.
The two sides, according to the statement, agreed to enhance coordination within the framework of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development’s (TICAD) eighth summit to be held later this year in Tunisia, noting that the summit will focus on supporting African economies in light of the various challenges they face.
Cairo has vowed to speak for Africa's aspirations at the COP27 conference, which will discuss ways to support efforts to reduce carbon emissions and provide funding for developing countries to deal with the repercussions of climate change.