Jakarta, wapresri.go.id – 75 years of Indonesia-Egypt relations are a significant momentum in the diplomatic journey of the two countries. Indonesia holds the presidency of the G20 Summit, while Egypt is hosting the 2022 UN Climate Change Summit (COP27). In 2022, Indonesia and Egypt have a strategic role in chairing the High-Level Conference (KTT).

Therefore, in the success of the two important agendas, Indonesia and Egypt are committed to providing mutual support for each country and continue to strive to increase cooperation in various fields, especially related to climate change issues and the trade sector for superior products.

“The issue of climate change is indeed a concern for all at this time because it affects every developed and developing country. Therefore, the Egyptian leadership in COP27 is very crucial. As President of the G20, Indonesia also pays attention to the issue of the energy transition,” said Vice President K.H. Ma’ruf Amin when receiving the Ambassador of Egypt to Indonesia, H.E. Ashraf Mohamed Moguib Sultan, at the Vice President’s Official Residence, Jl. Diponegoro No. 2, Central Jakarta, Wednesday (5/10/2022).

Furthermore, the Vice President added that the issue of climate change and carbon neutralization (Zero Emissions) is a critical issue for all countries. For that, there needs to be a mutual agreement for mutual interest.

“It is better to focus on climate change, an important issue. In line with the G20, new energy issues and zero emissions issues were developed, and there was cooperation from all countries, multilaterally,” he said.

Regarding the cooperative relationship between the two countries, the Vice President focused on the trade sector. The Vice President views Egypt as the largest trading partner in the Middle East for Indonesia and hopes for increased cooperation in the form of a memorandum of understanding and adjustment of import duty rates for Indonesia’s leading products.

“I noted high import duty rates, especially for finished goods. I hope the Egyptian government can lower the import duty rates. For this reason, I welcome the plan for the Indonesia-Egypt Preferential Trading Agreement in the near future,” hoped the Vice President.

Previously, H.E. Ashraf Mohamed Moguib Sultan, conveyed that the MoU plan to increase Indonesia-Egypt trade cooperation has been discussed with the Minister of Trade and will soon be realized.

“Two weeks ago, I met with the Minister of Trade and discussed various proposals, one of which was related to the signing of the MoU,” he said.

Regarding the implementation of the COP27 Summit, which will be held in November 2022, Ambassador Ashraf hopes it will strengthen relations between the two countries related to the issue of climate change and other problems.

“I will certainly look forward to even closer relations between Indonesia and Egypt before the summit and also at the summit. We already have an excellent dialogue relationship with Indonesia regarding climate change, the environment, and other issues,” he said.

Also accompanying the Vice President at the meeting were Head of the Vice President Secretariat Ahmad Erani Yustika, Deputy for Economic Policy Support and Competitiveness Improvement Guntur Iman Nefianto, Deputy for Government Policy Support and National Insight Velix Wanggai, and Special Staff for the Vice President for Communication and Information Masduki Baidlowi. (SM/-BPMI, Setwapres)