Shehbaz Sharif was a very busy man during his few days in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt. The mood around the Pakistani pavilion at the recently concluded UN-sponsored COP27 conference was grim. After all, the prime minister was attending the meeting despite intense political pressure at home, where an assassination attempt had been carried out against Imran Khan and voices calling for new elections were growing.
Despite the worrying political scenario at home, Sharif will have very little time to think about it. From the time he landed in Egypt on November 6 until his departure on the 9th, the powerful Pakistani delegation consisting of the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Climate Change Minister was on their feet.
The Pakistan conference started with a bilateral meeting between the Prime Minister (PM) and the Saudi Crown Prince, Muhammad bin Salman, followed by a number of bilateral meetings with different world leaders. The crowning achievement of Pakistan’s campaign at this year’s meeting was a joint press conference held at the Pakistan Pavilion where United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres spoke alongside the Prime Minister. In the days that followed, Sharif delivered speeches pledging his support for the recently launched Middle East Green Initiative, spoke at a working breakfast of world leaders hosted by the German Chancellor, attended a reception hosted by the Egyptian government and spoke at other events and discussions. as well as daily bilateral meetings.