Boris Johnson has apologised to an Israeli government minister after she could not attend the summit on Monday due to a lack of wheelchair accessibility. Israeli energy minister Karine Elharrar told CNN that she has accepted Boris Johnson’s apology.
She wrote: “To Cop26 I came to meet with my counterparts around the world and promote a joint fight against the climate crisis. It is sad that the UN, which promotes accessibility for people with disabilities, in 2021, does not take care of accessibility at its events. I hope that the lessons required to be learned tomorrow to promote green energies, remove barriers and energy efficiency will be the things I deal with.”
The minister told Israel’s Channel 12 that she was given the option of walking on foot for several hundred yards or to board a shuttle which was not wheelchair accessible.
The Prime Minister met with Ms Elharrar inside the Cop26 venue on Tuesday and apologised. Mr Johnson said: “I gather there was some confusion with the arrangements yesterday. I’m very, very sorry about that.”
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