Egypt, Denmark sign MoU to boost relations amid COP27 preparations

Ahram Online , Thursday 12 May 2022

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Danish counterpart Jeppe Kofod signed in Copenhagen on Thursday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to boost consultation on bilateral ties as well as regional and international issues, amid a ministerial climate meeting.

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According to the Egyptian foreign ministry, Shoukry and Kofod held talks on cementing bilateral political, economic and cultural relations between the two countries as well as the green transition in Egypt.

They discussed cooperation in light of Egypt’s hosting of the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference (COP27), which is set to be held in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh in November.

The two officials also discussed Egypt-EU relations and cooperation, which Denmark expressed a desire to support.

Shoukry and Kofod also exchanged views on the impacts of the Ukraine crisis, developments in Palestine, and the situation in Libya and Syria.

The Egyptian FM spoke about the latest developments in the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), upholding Egypt’s stance demanding Ethiopia sign a legally binding agreement with the downstream countries on the filling and operation policies of the dam.

The two also discussed the counter-terrorism file, with the Danish FM presented his condolences for the victims of the recent terrorist attacks that took place in Sinai this week.

Shoukry is currently in Copenhagen to attend and co-chair the ministerial meeting on the implementation of climate pledges.

He is attending the event in his role as president-designate of COP27.

The meeting, which is co-chaired by Egypt and the UK, the current president, runs on 12-13 May.

During COP27, Egypt hopes to build on the outcomes of COP26 in Glasgow and support global efforts in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

On the sideline of the meeting, Sameh Shoukry reviewed Egypt’s vision for COP27 with Britain's Minister of State at the Cabinet Office Alok Sharma and Danish Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities Dan Jørgensen.

Sameh Shoukry also met earlier on Thursday with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, where he welcomed cooperation with Denmark along with other international partners to make COP27 a success.

The Egyptian FM conveyed President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s invitation to Frederiksen to attend the summit of heads of state and governments that will be held during the conference in November.

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