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COP28 President Dismisses Allegations, Emphasizes Climate Commitment

President of COP28, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, has passionately defended the UAE's transparent approach to the climate conference.

Ahead of the UN climate summit, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, President of COP28, has vehemently defended the UAE’s transparent approach to conducting the climate conference, dismissing recent accusations as baseless and false.

Addressing Allegations:

Al Jaber unequivocally refuted claims that the UAE aimed to leverage its role in hosting COP28 for oil and gas deals, labeling the reports as entirely inaccurate. 

He highlighted the doubt of such accusations, emphasizing the UAE’s established history of fostering international relationships that transcend the need for a COP presidency to pursue commercial ventures.

UAE’s Longstanding Partnerships:

Drawing attention to the UAE’s extensive history of forging enduring partnerships, Al Jaber stressed the nation’s unparalleled track record in creating mutually beneficial relationships spanning over five decades.

Underlining the UAE’s commitment to the climate cause, Al Jaber reiterated COP28’s core objective: maintaining the 1.5°C target, a critical global pledge from the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Optimism Amidst Challenges:

Expressing optimism about COP28’s potential outcomes, Al Jaber asserted that the conference at Expo City Dubai until December 12 would yield positive results. 

He underscored the need for collective accountability in ensuring compliance with the goals set by the Paris Agreement.

Al Jaber emphasized that discussions with governments and stakeholders centered solely on the COP28 agenda, prioritizing concerted action and implementation strategies to achieve the 1.5°C objective.

Call for Respect and Transparency:

In a firm message to critics, Al Jaber urged respect for the UAE’s contributions and accomplishments while reiterating the nation’s unwavering commitment to transparency and openness in steering the COP28 process.

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