| 14 April 2024, Sunday |

US, Egypt launch group to prepare for COP27 climate summit

According to the American ambassador for climate problems, the US and Egypt established a joint working group on Monday to prepare for the next climate change summit in November.

The group is focusing on the United Nations’ COP27 summit in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, according to Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry. He stated that the country’s preparations for the meeting had already begun.

Other global conflicts, such as the present Ukraine situation, Kerry said, “will not change the fact of what is happening every day with respect to our climate,” and that the issue is a “international threat for all of us.”

“This has nothing to do with politics.” This has nothing to do with ideology. Kerry remarked at a news conference in Cairo with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukry that “this has nothing to do with some of the issues” that the US administration is concerned about. Neither official answered reporters’ inquiries.

Kerry was likely alluding to the Middle East’s wars, as well as Egypt’s human rights record, which has been criticized by the US and other Western governments.

The former US senator and secretary of state, who arrived in Cairo on Sunday, is slated to talk on the future of international climate action at the American University in Cairo in the run-up to COP27, according to the State Department.

Kerry stated that the US was also collaborating with Egypt on its own renewable energy transformation.

Kerry indicated in June that the US would raise assistance to help Egypt transition to solar energy and away from fossil fuels, which are still a key source of energy in the country of over 100 million people.

President Abdel Fattah El-government Sisi’s has taken steps in recent years to convert to renewable energy, taking advantage of the country’s ideal solar and wind conditions for energy gathering.

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