Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry during his meeting with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Singapore on Thursday
During their meeting, Shoukry and Loong discussed ways to advance ongoing efforts to prepare for the 27th session of the UN Climate Change Conference 2022 (COP27), which Egypt will host next November, according to a statement by the ministry.
Shoukry’s visit to Singapore is the second stop on his Asian tour, which started with Malaysia and is set to include Indonesia and Pakistan.
In Pakistan, top the Egyptian diplomat will participate in the 48th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which will be held in Islamabad from 22 to 23 March.
Earlier the same day, Shoukry also met with Singaporean Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan to discuss means of promoting cooperation between each side in line with the friendly relations between the two countries.
Shoukry and Balakrishnan agreed to step up cooperation between both countries to address key issues and priority fields during coming period, according to Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Hafez, adding that they have already exchanged views on a number of international and regional affairs.
“The two ministers agreed to continue exchanging views in line with Egypt and Singapore’s desire to strengthen relations, achieve the interests of the two countries and meet the aspirations of the two friendly peoples, Hafez said.
On Wednesday, Shoukry’s first day in Singapore, he met with Singapore's Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean, who also oversees the National Climate Change Secretariat, where they exchanged views on the most important regional and international issues.
Both ministers also discussed ways to build on efforts to address climate change and to cooperate in fighting terrorism as well as expanding cooperation on a number of issues of common interest between both countries, according to a separate statement.