Shoukry, Kerry pledge to continue climate cooperation ahead of COP28 in UAE

Ahram Online , Tuesday 11 Apr 2023

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry and US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry have both emphasised the importance of ongoing consultations to build on the achievements of the 27th UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) held in Sharm El-Sheikh in November last year.

Combined images (from L to R) of Egypt s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry.


In a phone call, Shoukry and Kerry expressed their satisfaction with the level of cooperation on climate issues and pledged to continue working together to advance the global climate action agenda. 

Both parties vowed to continue consultations on global climate action ahead of COP28, scheduled to take place in the UAE from 30 November until 12 December.

Egypt has affirmed its readiness to cooperate with the UAE to ensure the success of COP28, and President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi expressed his willingness to share Egypt's expertise in addressing the climate concerns of African and developing countries.

The US envoy expressed appreciation for Shoukry's participation in the virtual ministerial meeting of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) on energy and climate hosted by Kerry last month.

The Egyptian top diplomat said that the meeting represented an important opportunity to review the successes achieved during the COP27, especially with regard to addressing the file of loss and damage, fulfilling pledges and mobilising climate finance, citing these as crucial successes of COP27.

Earlier in April, UAE’s President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan sent a written message to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi inviting him to attend the conference.

El-Sisi affirmed his confidence in the UAE’s leadership for hosting COP28 in a meeting with Mariam Al Kaabi, UAE Ambassador to Egypt, who handed the invitation to El-Sisi.

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