COP28 Summit: President Biden’s no-show raises eyebrows

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Washington, United States: US President Joe Biden will not be attending the COP28 gathering of world leaders in Dubai this week, the statement has been confirmed by anonymous US officials.

The statement has been released following a report by The New York Times – which underscored that President Biden will not be there to attend the climate-focused meeting. In addition to this, the news agency Reuters also mentioned that there are chances that US President Biden will not be participating in the “Conference of the Parties (COP28)” by the United Nations. Reuters cited that Biden will not be there due to pressing demands of the conflict in the Middle East region.

The event focused on the climate crisis and has been scheduled to start on Thursday, November 30, 2023.

Schedule released by the White House

The White House has unveiled the working schedule of the US President for Thursday. The engagements, including his attendance at the National Tree Lighting event bilateral meeting with President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço of the Republic of Angola, were listed in the schedule. However, the revealed document did not list his participation in the COP28 in Dubai.

It is to be noted that since assuming the office, US President Joe Biden has attended both COP summits. However, several reports have mentioned that his year’s absence may be because of the challenges in balancing global commitments amidst domestic and worldwide concerns.

COP28

The 28th edition of the Conference of the Parties will witness the gathering of various international leaders who will be discussing various key topics, including phasing out carbon dioxide-emitting coal, oil, and gas, despite the absence of US President Biden.

28th edition of the Conference of the Parties in Dubai | Credits: US State Department

This year’s gathering in Dubai will make history as the maximum number of international leaders, senior ministers and officials are expected to participate in COP28. It is to be noted that 70,000 delegates from 198 nations will be attendees of the upcoming climate crisis-related event.

Several reports have anticipated that Prime Minister of the United States Rishi Sunak will be present to attend the event. However, speeches will be delivered by King Charles, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, and His Holiness, the Pope.

Although, there are no specific reports about the participation of Chinese President Xi Jinping in COP28.