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Al-Sisi, Ban discuss climate change, development

Egyptian president emphasised importance of African connection in meeting with Senegalese counterpart, cooperation with Dutch prime minister

President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi met on Sunday with a number of world leaders, including United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Senegalese President Macky Sall and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Ban said that climate change is a component in the UN’s development agenda, and expressed faith in Egypt’s capability to demonstrate the African stance on the issue at the upcoming United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference in Paris.

Al-Sisi emphasised Egypt’s interest in the post-2015 development agenda, mentioning the country’s national developmental strategy which will run until 2030, according to a presidency statement.

On Friday, Al-Sisi delivered a speech at the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) summit, held in the presence of delegations from at least 190 countries. During the summit, Al-Sisi opted to shed light on “other challenges which hinder development”, such as terrorism, which he said has become an international phenomenon.

Al-Sisi and Ban also discussed a variety of topics, including the peace process in Palestine, and support for the UN’s efforts in forming a unity government in Libya.

Al-Sisi’s meeting with Rutte saw the Dutch Prime Minister express his country’s support for Egypt’s democratic transition. Rutte pointed out several promising fields of cooperation between the two countries, especially agriculture and water.

In a separate meeting with his Senegalese counterpart, Al-Sisi also discussed cooperation on various African issues of concern.

During the meeting with Sall, Al-Sisi affirmed the importance of the “African dimension” in Egypt’s foreign policy, revealing Egyptian interest in contributing to supporting the execution of Senegal’s national development plans.


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