Riyadh/Beijing, 30 June 2022 (TDI): Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Envoy for Climate, Adel Al-Jubeir, met China’s Special Climate Envoy, Xie Zhenhua via a video call on Wednesday.

The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the Chinese and Saudi Envoys discussed the issues of climate during the meeting. As well as aspects of cooperation between the two countries to preserve the environment and reduce climate change.

The discussions included ways to enhance cooperation with international and regional partners in order to achieve global goals.

In addition to the meeting between the Chinese and Saudi Envoys, they discussed creating a better environment for future generations.

Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF)

This year in January the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) was hosted virtually by Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry.

Therefore, Ministers and other high-ranking officials from different countries including Saudi Arabia took part in the meeting.

The meeting provided an opportunity for Ministers to discuss the progress achieved at COP26 in November 2021 which was held in Glasgow.

Together with priorities and challenges moving forward, in addition to ways countries are able to work together in accelerating their climate efforts.

Saudi Climate Envoy’s meeting with US counterpart

Earlier this month, Al-Jubeir spoke with John Kerry and he expressed his desire to work with his US counterpart on climate issues.

Since Kerry assumed his position with the current American administration, he visited the Kingdom several times.

He previously discussed Saudi Arabia’s qualitative initiatives in confronting the phenomenon of climate change. Also, reducing emissions and preserving the environment along with its components.

In October 2021, Kerry participated in the Middle East Green Initiative summit in Riyadh. Notably, following his visit to the Kingdom in June 2021, Saudi Arabia and the United States revealed their commitment to addressing the rising climate change challenge with seriousness and urgency.

Most importantly, both countries affirmed the significance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.