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Sunday, 3 October 2021

Egypt nominated to host COP27

Egypt has been selected as the nominee to host the COP27 UN climate conference, which is scheduled to take place next year, US Climate Envoy John Kerry said yesterday, according to Reuters. The Conference of the Parties (COP) — countries that had signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change — is chaired by a different country representing a different region each year. President Abdel Fattah El Sisi officially announced Egypt’s bid to host the 2022 iteration — to be hosted in Africa — in an address to the UN general assembly last month. This year’s COP26 conference is set to take place in Glasgow in November.

IN OTHER DIPLOMACY NEWS- PM Madbouly discusses mega projects in sit-down with Jordanian counterpart: Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly discussed bilateral ties and national mega projects during a meeting yesterday with his Jordanian counterpart, Bisher Al-Khasawneh, in the new administrative capital’s cabinet headquarters, cabinet said in a statement. The two touched on exchanging expertise in big-ticket infrastructure investment and private-sector-led economic development, among other things. Al Khasawneh landed in Cairo on Thursday heading a Jordanian government delegation. This was the latest fixture amid Egypt’s continued push for infrastructure diplomacy.

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry stressed Egypt’s support for national reconciliation in Libya during a meeting with the vice president of the Libyan Presidential Council, Abdullah Al Lafi, according to a foreign ministry statement. The civil-war torn country is due to hold presidential and parliamentary elections as scheduled on 24 December after rival parties agreed on a political roadmap earlier in 2021 that could end decades of conflict. Egypt has been calling for international effort to hold the elections on time, with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi bringing up the topic during talks last week with White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan.

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