Boris Johnson apologises to wheelchair-bound Israeli minister shut out of COP26

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Daily Mail published this video item, entitled “Boris Johnson apologises to wheelchair-bound Israeli minister shut out of COP26” – below is their description.

Crowds of delegates (right) today joined queues that were more than an hour long to get inside the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow , where thousands of security officers are in place and a ring of steel has been erected. Karine Elharrar (pictured with Boris Johnson) yesterday spent two hours in the cold waiting outside the venue before giving up and heading back to her hotel 50 miles away in Edinburgh – despite being Israel’s energy minister – because the only options to get to the conference were to walk or board a shuttle bus that did not take her wheelchair. During a meeting with Ms Elharrar this afternoon, the PM said he was ‘so sorry’, adding that he ‘gathered there was some confusion with the arrangements yesterday and I was very sorry about that’. Ms Elharrar described missing the first day of the summit as ‘terrible and very frustrating’. In an interview with Sky News she said instead of doing her job and promoting green energy at Cop26 she was forced to speak about accessibility. Environment Secretary George Eustice also today apologised to Ms Elharrar for the ‘deeply regrettable incident’, and added that ‘something went wrong’ in communicating that wheelchair access was needed.

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