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British PM Johnson apologizes to wheelchair-using Israeli minister who was denied access to summit

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) is introduced to Israel's Energy Minister Karine Elharrar (L) as he meets with Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (C) on the sidelines of the COP26 Climate Conference at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow, Scotland on November 2, 2021. (Alberto Pezzali / POOL / AFP)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) is introduced to Israel's Energy Minister Karine Elharrar (L) as he meets with Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (C) on the sidelines of the COP26 Climate Conference at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow, Scotland on November 2, 2021. (Alberto Pezzali / POOL / AFP)

GLASGOW — In a meeting with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Energy Minister Karine Elharrar, British PM Boris Johnson apologizes to Elharrar for her being unable to enter the COP26 climate conference yesterday because of limited wheelchair access.

The British prime minister elbow-bumps Elharrar, and says he is pleased to see her. “I gather there was some confusion with the arrangements yesterday,” he says, adding: “I am very, very sorry about that.”

Johnson then turns to the fight against COVID-19, saying that the UK must learn from Israel’s campaign to provide booster vaccinations, especially the speed with which Israel was able to get the third shot to its population.

Related: Elharrar, in wheelchair, joins Bennett at COP26 after Monday’s entry debacle

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