Egypt and the European Union will enhance cooperation in energy, the Egyptian cabinet said after a meeting between Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Frans Timmermans, the EU’s climate chief, in Cairo.
The delegations discussed the potential supply of liquefied natural gas to Europe in the short term, and whether the EU will contribute to building a green hydrogen production facility in Egypt to help the country become a production center in the region, according to a statement.
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Timmermans said the EU will accelerate the pace of cooperation in this area, the statement said. European countries have been working to shore up alternative supplies of energy following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi is expected to sign a gas-supply deal with Algeria on Monday.
The EU has also committed to helping Egypt access wheat at reasonable prices, according to the cabinet statement. It had earlier decided to allocate 100 million euros ($109 million) to support Egypt’s food security.