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In rare visit to Egypt, Israel’s Lapid to attend COP27 climate summit

The COP27 in Egypt will be launched a week after the general elections in Israel, but Prime Minister Yair Lapid intends to participate in the conference whatever the outcome of the vote.
Israeli Foreign Minister and alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid meets with Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry at Tahrir Palace, Cairo, Egypt, Dec. 9, 2021.

The office of Prime Minister Yair Lapid said Oct. 27 that he will attend the COP27 climate change conference that will take place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 6-18. Lapid will arrive to Sharm al-Sheikh on Nov. 7 and stay for two days. It would be the first time Lapid will visit Egypt in his current position as Israel’s premier.

Israel has been positioning itself in recent years as global leader in climate change innovation. It seeks to demonstrate that climate innovation is where Israel can make a significant global contribution, especially by helping other countries prepare for climate change events and cope with the consequences. Israel is also keen on developing regional cooperation to fight climate change. Hence this year, Lapid will be leading Israel’s largest delegation ever to a COP meeting. It will be the first time Israel sets up a national pavilion for the event, and the first Israeli pavilion on Egyptian soil since a 1985 business conference in Cairo.

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