Terrace asks King Charles not to attend COP27

London: (AFP)
The Sunday Times newspaper reported, Saturday evening, that King Charles III will not attend the COP27 climate summit scheduled for November in Egypt, after Prime Minister Liz Terrace objected to his participation.
Charles III, who ascended the throne after the death of his mother Elizabeth II last month and is an environmental advocate, had planned to deliver a speech at this climate summit, which takes place from 6-18 November, according to the British newspaper.
But Truss, who was appointed by the Queen to head the government just two days before her death, objected to his participation in the COP27 summit during a personal meeting with him at Buckingham Palace in September.
The information comes at a sensitive time for the prime minister, who is facing criticism over her economic plans that have sparked market turmoil and could slash the country’s commitments on climate change.
The recently formed Truss government includes a number of ministers who have expressed doubts about the so-called “zero” goal in 2050, while Truss is more enthusiastic about this policy than her predecessor, Boris Johnson.
The Sunday Times said it was unlikely that she would attend the 27th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Britain hosted the last climate summit in the Scottish city of Glasgow. Charles, the late Queen and his son William spoke at the event.
The British government and Buckingham Palace refused to comment on the newspaper’s information, which indicated that this incident would likely fuel tension between the king and the prime minister.
But it quoted a government source as confirming that the meeting between them was friendly and there was no dispute.
At the same time, a royal source told the newspaper that it is no secret that the king was invited to go to the top.
He added that he would have to think carefully about the steps to be taken on his first foreign trip and would not attend the COP.
In Britain, all official foreign visits by members of the royal family take place on the advice of the government.
However, despite not being present in person, King Charles III hopes to be able to contribute in some way to the conference.
Charles III is committed to environmental issues and has a long history of campaigning for better environmental conservation, organic farming and tackling climate change.

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