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Monday, 14 November 2022

COP27 + climate continues to dominate the conversation on Egypt

COP27 might have taken a day off yesterday, but climate is still leading the conversation on Egypt in the foreign press this morning. Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad talks to the Associated Press about Egypt’s aims for the negotiations, the New York Times writes that our antiquities are under threat from the effects of climate change and mass tourism, while the AP writes about Egypt’s renewable energy ambitions.

The latest on Alaa Abdel Fattah: AFP reports that the lawyer of jailed activist Alaa Abdel Fattah has been denied access to visit him for the second time in recent days. Abdel Fattah began a full hunger- and water-strike last week, raising fears for his health. Meanwhile, Germany and the UN have expressed concerns about alleged surveillance and misconduct at COP27. The German Foreign Ministry called on Egyptian authorities to allow conference delegates to work under safe conditions after a number of attendees at the German pavilion alleged they had been filmed and photographed by unknown people after it hosted a press event last week featuring Sanaa Seif, Abdel Fattah’s sister. (Associated Press | Reuters | Washington Post | Deutsche Welle).

There are more two-star ratings: AFP and Bloomberg are the latest outlets with pieces on attendees griping about “scarce drinking water, USD 15 sandwiches and hotel price-gouging.”

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