London, 6 July 2022 (TDI): During the visit to the United Kingdom, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, Sameh Shoukry had a meeting with Tariq Ahmad, the Minister of the UK for South and Central Asia, North Africa, the United Nations, and the Commonwealth. The meeting took place on Monday in London. 

Minister Ahmad is a part of the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs Office (FCDO). The government of the UK established FCDO on 2 September 2020.

The collaborative effort consisted of the merging of the Foreign, the Commonwealth, and the Department of Development. Furthermore, FCDO consists of multiple departments to handle the relations of British Overseas Territories. 

An Overview of the Meeting between Egypt and the UK

During the meeting, both sides carried out bilateral talks to discuss and strengthen the relations between Egypt and the United Kingdom. The meeting included various topics of common interests of Egypt and the United Kingdom. Several topics covering climate change, human rights, and so on were highlighted in the meeting.

The meeting highlighted the 27th UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) which will take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt in 2022. Therefore, the meeting discussed in detail the necessary preparations required for COP27.

In addition, COP27’s original plan was to start in 2021. However, due to the epidemic, the Conference got delayed until 7-18 November 2022.

Moreover, the discussion covered issues related to global human rights during the bilateral meeting between Egypt and the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, both Ministers exchanged opinions on the recent developments on the issue of Alaa Abdel Fatah. At the same time, representatives from the two countries also discussed the ongoing unrest in Libya. 

Last but not least, the meeting discussed the forthcoming International Ministerial Conference for Freedom on Religion and Belief (FoRB). Additionally, this human rights conference is going to take place on 5 and 6 July in London.