President Sisi heads to Britain to participate in COP26

Ahram Online , Sunday 31 Oct 2021

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi left for Britain on Sunday to participate in the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), which is set to kick off on Sunday.

Egypt s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi

El-Sisi's participation in the two-day summit, which includes heads of state and government, came upon an invitation from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson whose country is to chair the event, said Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady.

Egypt was invited to attend the summit in light of its "pivotal role at the regional and international levels within the framework of climate change talks," Rady explained.

The president will focus during the summit on issues of concern to developing countries in general, and African states in particular, as well as means of pushing forward international efforts to combat climate change, the presidential spokesman noted.

The president will also affirm Egypt's keenness on hosting the COP27 summit in November 2022, according to Rady.

In early October, Egypt was selected as a nominee to host next year's event.

In September, El-Sisi stressed in a message before the World Leaders Summit on Climate Change held on the sidelines of the 76th UN General Assembly that Egypt is seeking to host the COP27 on behalf of Africa.

The president is scheduled to hold a meeting with PM Johnson on the sidelines of the summit to discuss means of strengthening bilateral ties and address a host of regional and international issues of mutual interest.

He will also meet with a number of heads of state to review means to boost bilateral relations and tackle regional and international issues.

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