Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry in Riyadh on Wednesday, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The two sides reviewed international efforts exerted to confront climate change, according to SPA.
During the meeting, the Crown Prince and the US envoy discussed the Kingdom’s climate change initiatives, which tackle reducing emissions and preserving the environment, namely the “Saudi Arabia Green Initiative” and the “Middle East Green Initiative.”
“As a leading global oil producer, we are fully aware of our share of responsibility in advancing the fight against the climate crisis, and that, as our pioneering role in stabilizing energy markets during the oil and gas era, we will act to lead the next green era,” the Crown Prince said during the announcement of the initiatives in March.
Both initiatives will include several projects, including the planting of 10 billion trees in Saudi Arabia in the coming decades.
The White House later released a joint statement saying “The United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are committed to addressing the increasing climate challenge with seriousness and urgency… Both countries affirm the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and taking adaptation actions during the 2020s to avoid the worst consequences of climate change.”