London, United Kingdom (CNN)– British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak refused, on Friday, to consider that his failure to attend the COP27 global climate summit, hosted by Egypt, reflects a “massive failure of leadership”, as the opposition “Labour” party claimed, and Sunak defended his decision and returned it. To focus on “internal challenges”.
A British government spokesman said, on Thursday, that it was “unexpected” that the Prime Minister would attend the COP27 summit, which will start in the Egyptian city of Sharm el-Sheikh on November 6, the summit that the United Kingdom hosted its previous version last year in the city of Glasgow.
Speaking to reporters during a visit to a hospital in London, Sunak said the “leading role” the UK had shown in tackling climate change was “almost unparalleled” in the world.
The British Prime Minister added: “We are an example for others to follow in terms of the pace at which we are reducing emissions, and how we are working to protect our environment. These things are really important to me.” He went on to say he was “extremely excited” and “personally committed” to ensuring that we “leave behind a better environment for our children and grandchildren”.
But he emphasized the importance of focusing on the domestic situation now, saying, “I think at the moment, it’s true that I’m also focusing on the urgent domestic challenges that we face with the economy, and I think that’s what people watching us expect me to do as well.”