UN High Level Climate Action Champion Nigel Topping hailed on Thursday Egypt's "great status and positive role" in the issues of climate change.
Topping made the remarks during his one-week visit to Cairo during which he met with officials and discussed his role as a climate change champion and his expected work with Egypt's champion.
He said he held "fruitful" discussions during his visit, which contributes to developing the high-level green partnership between Egypt and the United Kingdom.
Egypt is scheduled to host the UN climate summit (COP27) in November with great ambitions to strengthen climate action.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shokry received Wednesday a phone call from Secretary-General of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Patricia Espinosa to discuss preparations for COP27.
Espinosa congratulated Shokry on assuming the presidency of the coming conference of the parties (COP), scheduled for November 7-18 in Sharm El Sheikh.
In turn, Minister Shokry pointed out Egypt's priorities on climate change mentioned previously by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. Those are the reduction of emissions, mitigation of the impact of climate change, and securing climate funding to developing countries, particularly Africa as it is the most impacted by the phenomenon.
The Egyptian minister of foreign affairs and COP26 President Alok Sharma had met Saturday in Cairo to examine opportunities of cooperation over combating climate change.