April 15, 2024

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Biden unlikely to attend Dubai climate summit

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U.S. President Joe Biden is unlikely to attend the COP28 climate summit in Dubai in November, an annual gathering of global leaders to discuss the fight against climate change.

Biden’s aides are balancing the demands on the president’s time with wars in the Middle East, a showdown with the Republican-controlled House of Representatives over federal spending and a presidential campaign season that aides expect to heat up next January, according to two U.S. officials and another person familiar with the matter.

The White House said it had no updates on Biden’s travel plans.

Biden unlikely to attend Dubai climate summit

“President Biden has led and implemented the most ambitious climate agenda in history, both at home and abroad. While we don’t have any updates on travel plans at this time, the administration looks forward to a strong and productive meeting at COP28,” a White House spokesman said.

Dozens of countries plan to push for the world’s first agreement to phase out carbon dioxide-emitting coal, oil and gas at the Dubai meeting.

With many liberal and young voters ranking climate change as a top issue, such a deal would be a huge draw for a Democratic president ahead of the 2024 presidential election.

Biden will also have the opportunity to personally discuss the war in Gaza with leaders of Arab and other countries after canceling a summit in Jordan that was scheduled for this month. Last year, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Jordanian King Abdullah II and French President Emmanuel Macron attended.

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