Rishi Sunak’s Dramatic Exit From COP27 Event Leaves Many Confused

People in the audience at COP27 on Monday were confused when UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was suddenly kicked out of the venue about two minutes after he took the stage. The director of the UK-based Carbon Brief, Leo Hickman, posted a video to Twitter of Sunak’s assistant coming up to him quickly and then walking him out.

“UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has just been ushered out of the room by his aides during the launch of the forestry partnership at COP27,” Hickman tweeted.

According to Hickman, who posted a video of the incident, Sunak was onstage at a climate change event when his aides interrupted him. In quick succession, two of his aides arrived and persuaded Sunak to leave the event.

“About 2 minutes before he left, an assistant came up on stage and was whispering in his ear for over a minute…there was an argument about, apparently, whether he should leave at that point. Sunak stayed, but another aide made the decision to go back to him and urge him to leave,” he added.

While Sunak abruptly left the event, one report stated that there was no specific or important reason behind it, but a late decision to meet with Germans and South Africans.

The United Nations Climate Change Conference, commonly known as the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, or COP27, opened on Sunday in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm-el-Sheikh.

In a statement previously published by Downing Street, Sunak will urge countries to comply with the Glasgow Climate Pact and outlined his intention to make the UK a clean energy superpower during the climate summit.

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