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The American president's agenda does not mention a trip to Dubai for COP28 which begins on Thursday. (Archive photo)

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US President Joe Biden does not will not attend COP28 in Dubai, an American official reported on Sunday.

The UN climate conference, which runs from Thursday until December 12 in the United Arab Emirates, is expected to bring together a record number of more than 70,000 participants, according to the Emirati presidency, including the Pope Francis.

Neither Mr. Biden's agenda nor that of Vice President Kamala Harris, both published by the House- Blanche, do not mention a trip to Dubai this week.

Joe Biden's program includes a visit to Colorado to promote American investments in wind energy, a meeting with the president of Angola as well as the lighting of the national tree of Christmas.

A US official has confirmed that the President of the United States does not plan to attend COP28 this week or during x27;a second sequence towards the end of the negotiations.

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According to the same source, who requested anonymity, Washington is still considering the possibility of sending a high-level official to Dubai.

John Kerry, the American climate envoy, also a former secretary of state and former senator, will lead the negotiations for the United States.

The official did not communicate the reason for Joe Biden's decision, whose attention has been focused since last month on the war between Israel and Hamas. The American president is also seeking to highlight his domestic projects, less than a year before the presidential election.

It was not customary for the US president to attend every UN climate conference before Joe Biden arrived at the White House.

The Democratic president went to COP26 in Glasgow in 2021 – to announce the return of the United States to the fight against global warming after the withdrawal of x27;Paris agreement decided by his predecessor Donald Trump – as well as at COP27 organized last year in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt.

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