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US Vice President Kamala Harris to attend COP28 climate summit

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris will attend the COP28 climate summit in Dubai on behalf of President Joe Biden, the White House said on Wednesday.

The 28th meeting of the United Nations "Conference of the Parties" on climate, known as COP28, runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 12 in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, a major oil producer. Harris will be in Dubai on Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, the White House said in a statement.

Reuters reported earlier this week that Biden would not attend the gathering. Beyond the climate agenda, a White House official said Harris will likely engage with leaders at the summit on the conflict between Israel and Hamas militants as well.

The U.S. delegation for the summit will also include Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and dozens of senior U.S. officials representing more than 20 departments and agencies, according to the White House.

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