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U.S. climate envoy Kerry: King Charles at COP27 would be ‘very powerful’

U.S. climate envoy Kerry: King Charles at COP27 would be 'very powerful'

U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry poses in front of the Terra Carta with Britain’s Prince Charles at St James Palace, in London, Britain June 10, 2021.

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It would be “very powerful” if King Charles attended the COP27 climate summit in Egypt, U.S. special climate envoy John Kerry said, adding that the British monarch’s credibility and leadership on environmental issues would make a difference.

Charles, who became king last month following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth, spoke at the opening ceremony of the 2021 summit in Glasgow, which he described as a “last chance saloon” to save the world from climate change.

Earlier this month a royal source said Buckingham Palace had sought government advice about the summit and it was unanimously agreed it would not be right for Charles to visit in person. The Sunday Times newspaper reported he had been told not to go by then prime minister Liz Truss.

“I think it’s very helpful to have leaders of countries be in Sharm el-Sheikh, representative leaders whether it is the government or monarchy, I think it would be terrific,” Kerry told Sky News late on Thursday when asked if the king’s presence would help proceedings.

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