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Sri Lanka to strengthen ties with Egypt

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President’s Special Advisor on Climate Change Ruwan Wijewardene, engaged in a bilateral meeting with the visiting Egypt’s Prime Minister Prof. Mostafa Madbouly on the sidelines of the Africa Climate Summit in Nairobi.

His meeting served as a testament to the deepening bonds of cooperation and mutual support between the two nations, encompassing climate action and international diplomacy. The bilateral talks, which took place on the sidelines of the summit, underscored the growing importance of international cooperation in addressing the global climate crisis.

The Africa Climate Summit is presently attended by 22 Head of States including prominent dignitaries, the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Gutteres, World Bank Managing Director Axel van Trotsenburg, Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland, former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, European Union President Ursula von der Leyen and Senior diplomat and currently serving as the first US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry.

Ruwan Wijewardene began the conversation by expressing heartfelt appreciation to Egypt’s Prime Minister Prof. Mostafa Madbouly for Egypt’s unwavering support for Sri Lanka on the international fora.

Wijewardene assured Egypt’s Prime Minister of Sri Lanka’s sincere commitment to reciprocate the support and to further enhance the bilateral relationship between the two countries. Acknowledging the global significance of the climate crisis, Sri Lanka vowed to collaborate closely with Egypt in the pursuit of climate resilience and sustainability. Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Kenya Kana Kananathan, underscored the importance of regional collaboration in tackling climate change. High Commissioner Kananathan reiterated Sri Lanka’s determination to foster stronger connections with Egypt and emphasized the nation’s dedication to advancing eco-friendly policies both domestically and on the world stage.

Prime Minister Prof. Mostafa Madbouly echoed these sentiments and conveyed Egypt’s eagerness to work alongside Sri Lanka in confronting the challenges posed by climate change. Egypt recognizes the vital role of international partnerships in mitigating the consequences of climate change, and praised Sri Lanka’s unwavering commitment to this global cause.

The meeting concluded with both parties reaffirming their shared commitment to fortify the ties between Sri Lanka and Egypt, not only in the realm of climate change but also in broader diplomatic endeavours. Both nations pledged to cooperate closely within international forums, including the UNHRC, to advocate for shared principles and values.

As the Africa Climate Summit continues, Sri Lanka and Egypt serve as an exemplar of diplomacy and collaboration in addressing the pressing issue of climate change. This bilateral meeting underscores the potency of international engagement and partnership in confronting the challenges of our era.

Ruwan Wijewardene was one of the panellists on Monday’s forum of Investment Opportunities for food system’s transformation in Africa which was headed by the former Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Chair of AGRA Board Hailemariam Desalegn. Other panellists were UAE COP – 28 Climate Change and Environment Minister Mariam Almheiri and Norway’s International Development Minister Anne Beathe Tvinnereim.

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