Egypt's Foreign Minister and COP27 President Sameh Shoukry meets with a number of US congressmen and their aides in Sharm El-Sheikh city. Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The congressmen highlighted the strategic nature of Egypt-US relations during the meeting, which took place on the sidelines of the 27th UN Climate Change Conference (COP27), running from 6 to 18 November, a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry read.
Shoukry underlined the strategic relations between Egypt and the US in various fields, stressing Egypt’s keenness to continue enhancing these relations on all levels.
The congressmen praised Egypt’s organisation of COP27, expressing hope that the conference will yield the desired outcome to achieve the goals of global climate action.
Shoukry, who is also the COP27 president, highlighted the great engagement between the Egyptian and US sides during the climate summit in a series of official meetings, at the top of which was the summit between President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and President Joe Biden.
The meeting also discussed a number of international issues, especially the Russia-Ukraine crisis and its economic implications.
President Biden made his first visit to Egypt since taking office in January 2021 on Friday and discussed Egyptian-US strategic relations, regional and international issues of mutual concern, and human rights with President El-Sisi.
During the climate summit, Biden said the US, the European Union and Germany will provide a package of $500 million to finance and facilitate Egypt's transition to clean energy to help the country reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent.
Biden also announced a US allocation of $150 million to accelerate adaptation in Africa to save millions of lives and their livelihoods.
The US and Germany have also pledged more than $250 million in support of the energy pillar of Egypt’s Nexus on Water, Food and Energy (NWFE) programme for financing eco-friendly projects.
Speaker of US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi also met with El-Sisi on Thursday at the summit, during which she hailed Egypt’s effective role in fighting terrorism and extremist thought, reforming religious discourse, and establishing noble values of freedom of belief, tolerance, and acceptance.