Thu, 17 Jun 2021 - 02:59 GMT
CAIRO – 16 June 2021: The United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry met, Wednesday with Egypt’s Prime Minster Moustafa Madbouly as he underlined the U.S. support for Egypt's efforts to promote the use of renewable energy.
He noted that his country will encourage U.S. companies to invest in Egypt in the fields of renewable energy and electric vehicles.
He extended thanks to President Abdel Fattah El Sisi for Egypt's commitment towards environmental and climate change issues, Cabinet Spokesman Nader Saad said.
The meeting was attended by Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad and US Ambassador in Cairo Jonathan R. Cohen.
Kerry reviewed the efforts exerted by the Biden administration in mobilizing international efforts vis-a-vis climate change files.
He praised Egypt's efforts to promote climate change issues as well as its key role at relevant conferences.
Kerry said he was keen to make Egypt his first stop in his regional tour, highlighting Egypt's efforts to establish the largest solar station in the world.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli hailed the strategic Egyptian-US ties, stressing that the US is a key partner to Egypt.
He welcomed growing investments of the US companies in Egypt, noting that he would work on removing all obstacles facing US investors.
He reviewed Egypt's efforts to address climate change, referring to plans for getting cars to operate by natural gas in lieu of diesel oil.
He also noted that Egypt has encouraged the use of electric cars in order to achieve sustainable development goals and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
He added that Egypt is working on expanding the establishment of water desalination stations, highlighting its issuance of green bonds.
Kerry also asserted Egypt is already in a position which enables the country to lead in transition to renewable energy.
Egypt has chances for becoming the first country in solar and renewable energies worldwide, Kerry told reporters following talks with Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry at the Foreign Ministry's HQ on Wednesday.
Kerry further said Egypt has been chosen to play host and chair an upcoming meeting of a UN conference for climate "COP 27" in 2022.
In statements after the talks, Shoukry reiterated Egypt's commitment to strategic partnership and cooperation with the U.S.
Climate change is a topic to build on to boost joint cooperation, said Shoukry