President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi is heading to Paris Sunday, to participate in the UN climate conference.
Egypt is the current head of the African Union climate change committee, and as such will represent African countries’ interests in the Paris conference that is set to start on Monday.
Al-Sisi will deliver a speech on the behalf of the African countries to express their support for achieving an agreement on climate change that takes into account the rights of all sides, according to a statement released by the Egyptian presidency.
The Egyptian president will also participate in a meeting on the climate change challenges led by the French president to exchange point of views on climate change, with a particular focus on the reliance on new energy in Africa.
Al-Sisi is expected to meet French President Francois Hollande, his Prime Minister Manuel Valls, and the French Ministers of Defence and Interior on the sidelines of the conference.
The conference will attempt to craft a long-term deal to limit carbon emissions. About 40,000 people are expected to participate in the conference, which runs until 11 December.
The heads of 147 states are participating in this conference, compared to 115 during the last summit in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009.