Meloni makes his debut among the ‘greats’ at Cop27, support in Kiev and bilateral with al Sisi

About an hour of conversation between the premier and the Egyptian president who remained in doubt until the end

The handshake of Giorgia Meloni to al Sisi as landlord, yes, that was foreseeable upon arrival at the Cop27 citadel. But then holding a bilateral agreement with the Egyptian president, on the other hand, was by no means required by protocol. An hour or so of a face-to-face conversation that remained in doubt until the end but which marks the ‘number’ of the first appearance on the international scene for the Prime Minister.

Energy supply, climate, migrants, among the issues on the agenda, but above all the call to respect for human rights and to the fact that Italy’s attention on the Regeni and Zaki cases is “strong”. The premier thus maximizes the potential of the global summit in Egypt, which saw it also engaged in other significant bilateral meetings. First, with Israeli President Isaac Herzog. Technological partnership but also consonance on “common values” such as “the fight against anti-Semitism”. And then, with an evident focus on the war in Eastern Europe, the face to face with the British Prime Minister, during which the need for a unified response to the Russian aggression against Ukraine is part of the collaboration within NATO and the G7 to be strengthened. .

Meloni also had a brief conversation with Petr Fiala, president of the government of the Czech Republic, and current president of the Council of the European Union. Exchange of greetings also with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and with the institutional leaders of Jordan, Angola, Bahrain, Croatia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Finland, Luxembourg and Belgium. And again, the Algerian leaders, the Ethiopian, the German Scholz, up to the Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, with the convinced Italian yes to the UN mediation in Libya. A sort of total diplomacy, concentrated, but not exclusive, since then in the plenary session he underlined the Italian commitment against climate change and on the road to decarbonisation. Because “the planet is our common home” and efforts to protect it must be increased.

“We are in a decisive moment in the fight against climate change” and “we are called to make deeper and more rapid efforts to protect our planet, our common home”, said Meloni recalling the recent calamities in Europe, he also mentioned Pakistan , the Horn of Africa. “Despite a complex international situation, already marked by the pandemic and upset by the Russian aggression against Ukraine, Italy – he stressed she – remains firmly committed to the decarbonization process, in full agreement with the Paris commitments”.

The fight against climate change, the premier said, “is a common undertaking, which requires a full commitment from all countries” but “we must admit that it does not happen” and “we cannot hide the fact that the nations most committed to this goal they risk paying a price, to the benefit of those who are most responsible for CO2 emissions “. “We risk not producing the results that history expects of us,” he warned.

The fight against climate change is a task, he highlighted, that “we owe to our future generations, since our commitment to protect the environment as part of our identity is the most vivid example of the alliance between those who are here, those who they were here and those who will come after us “.

“We want to pursue a just transition that will meet the communities affected” by the effects of climate change and “leave no one behind”, underlined Giorgia Meloni in a passage from her speech at the world climate summit. The premier recalled that within the EU “we aim to reduce emissions by 55% by 2030” and to reach “climate neutrality” by 2050 at the latest.