CAIRO – Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has underscored the role played by Cairo over the past years to boost economic development.
Egypt is also a key player in addressing challenging issues, atop of which climate change, Shoukry noted.
Speaking in a dialogue session entitled “From the Mediterranean to the Arabian Sea: A Region of Opportunities”, which is held in New Delhi, India, Shoukry said: “Egypt played a fundamental role due to its strategic position with the Suez Canal and that Cop27 was a defining moment for climate change discussions in the region.”
“Cop27 was a defining moment where we were able to maintain momentum after Glasgow. Climate is very pertinent in our region.”
“Our ambitions in renewable energy are unlimited due to its proven economic viability,” Shoukry said.
The Egyptian top diplomat also talked about the young population, believing it is the region’s greatest potential.
All countries should strive towards unleashing the energy of young people, he urged. “As governments, we need to empower that more, but no one country can solve it alone. A young population is the greatest potential of this region.”
Shoukry also tackled the Palestinian cause, noting that failure to reach a solution is due to the absence of the political will on the part of Israel and the international community, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid Friday.
The world community has not been fair in handling human and political rights of the Palestinian people, he regretted, noting that this further complicates the situation and fomented extremism on both sides.
He reiterated the importance of establishing an independent Palestinian state on the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Egypt will continue to act to solve this conflict, Shoukry said.
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