Representatives of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce receiving Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shokry in Washington on April 12, 2022. Press Photo
CAIRO – 13 April 2022: Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shokry met Tuesday with representatives of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington so as the roundtable discussion took place tackling five areas of joint interest.
Those are bilateral economic and trade relations between the two countries; developmental leap happening in Egypt; participation of U.S. companies in sustainable development efforts deployed by Egypt, particularly in the sector of clean and renewable energy; Egypt's vision on COP 27 it is hosting in November; and, the salient role of the private sector in countering climate change.
The minister had headed to the U.S. capital Monday to convene with his counterpart Anthony Blinken, and hold a series of meetings with American officials, investors, and representatives of think tanks.
Shokry held two other meetings Tuesday. One is with Ambassador David Thorne, senior advisor to the US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. The other is a roundtable at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC.
The talk covered Egypt’s strategic ties with the U.S., Egypt's perception of regional issues and challenges, and Egypt's role on the regional and international levels.
The last visit to Washington by Minister Shokry was in November, where he participated along with Blinken in the strategic dialogue between Egypt and the US, the first since 2015.
In that convention, the minister called for furthering cooperation on trade, energy, research, development, technology, higher education, cultural exchange, and health care.
The latest visit by Minister Shokry abroad was an Asian tour that encompassed Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Pakistan. In each destination, the minister delivered messages from President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to respective chiefs of state.
Shokry also met with counterparts and ministers in charge of other sectors to confer over ways of bolstering bilateral cooperation, and hold consultations on regional and international matters and issues of reciprocal interest. What's more, the minister was displaying the areas of focus of COP 27 taking place in Sharm El Sheikh, as more room will be given to discussing aiding developing countries, financially and technically, to mitigate the impact of climate change.