Israel’s President Herzog arrives in Egypt for COP27
'The climate is at the top of the State of Israel’s priorities'
Israel’s President Isaac Herzog on Monday arrived to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, where he will head the Israeli delegation to the 2022 U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP27).
Herzog was welcomed by Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres. The president later met with the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Also participating in their meeting was UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The two presidents discussed Israeli-Emirati cooperation on climate issues and regional developments in the Middle East.
“The Middle East faces mighty challenges. In my speech, I will present the Israeli vision that I call the ‘Renewable Middle East,’ in which Israel and regional states will cooperate to provide major solutions for the climate crisis,” the president said before the departure.
Later in the day the president will inaugurate the first-ever Israeli pavilion at a COP summit, which kicked off earlier on Sunday. He will also address the COP27 central plenary.
“The climate is at the top of the State of Israel’s priorities. It is connected to the future of our children and future generations. We must do everything to do our part to save humankind,” the president added.
After the plenary he will also meet with Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store, Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and then with the King of Jordan, Abdullah II. Other officials that Herzog is scheduled to meet include Colombian President Gustavo Petro and the Vice Chair and President of Microsoft, Brad Smith.