The UAE planned to use its role as host of COP28 to conclude oil and gas deals

LONDON – November 24, 2019 (Xinhua) The United Arab Emirates planned to use its role as host of the COP28 climate summit as an opportunity to conclude oil and gas agreements, according to what the British BBC channel revealed on Monday.

Some leaked documents obtained by the aforementioned public channel showed the plans of the host country for the climate event to discuss fuel agreements with 15 other countries.

It appears that the Emirati team responsible for organizing the summit did not deny exploiting the meetings related to preparing for the summit to hold work meetings.

This team confirmed, according to the BBC, that “the special meetings are private” and stressed that its work focused on “important climate measures.”

The above documents, which were obtained by independent journalists from Climatic Information Centre Working with the BBC, it was prepared by the UAE COP28 team ahead of their meetings with at least 27 foreign governments ahead of the start of the summit on the 30th.

These papers, according to this, included proposals on “issues for comment”, including for China, which indicated that ADNOC – the UAE state oil company – “is prepared to conduct a joint assessment of international liquefied natural gas opportunities” in Mozambique. Canada and Australia.

The documents also suggested telling a Colombian minister that ADNOC was “ready” to support Colombia in developing its fossil fuel resources.

“Conversation Matters”

The BBC found that it had prepared “talking points” for 13 other countries, including Germany and Egypt, indicating ADNOC’s willingness to work with their governments to develop fossil fuel projects.

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These documents also show that the UAE prepared other “talking points” about business opportunities for its renewable energy company Masdar, ahead of meetings with 20 countries, such as the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Brazil and the United Arab Emirates. China, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Kenya.

The meetings were chaired by the President of COP 28, Sultan Al Jaber, who is also the CEO of the UAE oil giant ADNOC and the state-owned renewable energy company Masdar, and was responsible for preparing the documents.

The BBC notes that it is not clear how many times Jaber and his colleagues raised such issues in meetings related to COP 28 with foreign governments.

The public broadcaster also notes that it was aware, on at least one occasion, that a foreign country continued these trade talks after that meeting moderated by the UAE team, although the other 12 countries maintained that in their corresponding meetings they did not. that. It does not address commercial activities. Evie
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