Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla on Friday concluded their first foreign tour since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, a four-day trip that included Jordan and Egypt aimed at strengthening bilateral relations and discussing ways to combat climate change. with leaders.
Egypt is preparing to host the COP27 climate conference next year.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall also visited famous archaeological, religious and historical sites in the two countries.
On Friday, Charles visited a facility for entrepreneurs in central Cairo while Camilla stopped at an equestrian hospital. Later, they made a trip to the port city of Alexandria, which was founded by Alexander the Great more than 2,000 years ago.
Alexandria, Egypt’s second largest city, is surrounded on three sides by the Mediterranean Sea and backed by a lake, making it uniquely vulnerable to sea level rise caused by global warming and the melting of the polar ice caps.
The royal couple toured the Library of Alexandria, a modern library built in honor of the famous Library of Alexandria that burned to the ground when Julius Caesar set fire to a hostile fleet in 48 B.C. Camilla read a children’s story.
Both Egypt and Jordan are former British protectorates. Jordan gained its independence in 1946, and Egypt overthrew the British-backed monarchy in 1952. In recent decades, the two countries have maintained strong relations with the United Kingdom.
The royal couple last visited Egypt in 2006. This week’s visit was also the first by members of the royal family to the country since it was rocked by a popular uprising in 2011 followed by years of political turmoil. Under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egypt has seen a degree of stability, but the government has also overseen the largest crackdown on political dissent in decades.