Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry meets on Tuesday David Thorne, Senior Adviser to the US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. (Photo courtesy of the foreign affairs ministry)
At the beginning of his visit to the US, Shoukry participated in a symposium at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC, Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Hafez said on his Twitter account Tuesday.
Shoukry highlighted during the symposium the depth of Egypt’s strategic relations with the US.
He also discussed Egypt's’s vision towards the most prominent issues and challenges in the region, as well as the country's role at the regional and international levels.
The Egyptian FM is scheduled to meet with multiple senior US officials, including his US counterpart Anthony Blinken.
Shoukry's visit aims to “intensify communications and consultation” as part the Egyptian-US strategic relations in order to exchange visions about the regional and international issues of common interest, the foreign ministry said on Monday.
Shoukry last visited Washington in November 2021, where he held talks with Blinken as part of the US-Egyptian Strategic dialogue.
Last month, Shoukry held a video conference with US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, where they highlighted the importance of activating the US-Egypt Climate Working Group to face climate change at the earliest opportunity.
Ahead of Egypt’s scheduled hosting of the 27th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27) in November in Sharm El-Sheikh, Cairo and Washington agreed on the formation of a joint working group on climate change, affirming the two countries’ commitment to cooperate closely on climate issues.
Shoukry affirmed to Kerry in the video conference that Egypt will work during its presidency of COP27 on achieving outcomes that reflect the international ambitions in the face of climate change while giving a special importance to supporting developing countries, especially in Africa.
Shoukry, the president-designate of COP27, also met with Kerry last year to discuss boosting cooperation over climate change.
Egypt has the chance to become a pioneer in solar and renewable energy, Kerry said, asserting the country’s capabilities to lead in the country's clean energy transition.