Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry meets David Thorne, senior adviser to the US president’s special climate envoy, on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
At the start of his visit to the United States, Shoukry attended a symposium at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said on his Twitter account on Tuesday.
Shoukry stressed at the symposium the depth of Egypt’s strategic relationship with the United States.
He also discussed Egypt’s vision for the region’s most important issues and challenges, as well as the country’s role at the regional and international levels.
The Egyptian FM is due to meet several senior American officials, including its American counterpart Anthony Blinken.
Shoukry’s visit aims to “intensify communications and consultations” within the framework of Egyptian-US strategic relations to exchange views on regional and international issues of common concern, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
Shoukry last visited Washington in November 2021, where he spoke with Blinken as part of the US-Egyptian Strategic Dialogue.
Last month, Shoukry held a videoconference with US President’s Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry, where they stressed the importance of activating the US-Egyptian Climate Task Force to address climate change on as soon as possible.
Ahead of Egypt’s planned hosting of the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27) in November in Sharm el-Sheikh, Cairo and Washington agreed to form a joint task force on climate change, affirming the commitment of the two countries to cooperate closely on climate issues.
Shoukry told Kerry during the videoconference that Egypt will work during its COP27 presidency to achieve results that reflect international ambitions on climate change while placing particular emphasis on supporting developing countries, particularly in Africa. .
Shoukry, the president-elect of COP27, also met with Kerry last year to discuss strengthening cooperation on climate change.
Egypt has the chance to become a pioneer in solar and renewable energy, Kerry said, affirming the country’s capabilities to lead the country’s clean energy transition.