Israeli minister apologizes to UK PM May over meeting cancelled over plight of disabled

A prominent Israeli minister apologized to British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday after asking that she cancel a planned meeting to protest the plight of people with disabilities at the climate change summit…

Israeli minister apologizes to UK PM May over meeting cancelled over plight of disabled

A prominent Israeli minister apologized to British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday after asking that she cancel a planned meeting to protest the plight of people with disabilities at the climate change summit in Katowice, Poland.

Environment Minister Zohar Lavie had asked the summit to allow people with physical or mental disabilities easier access to events. That sparked outrage in some corners, and May accepted his apology.

The meeting was scheduled for Wednesday.

“Upon reflection, I will accept an offer from the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to attend the opening of the Third Party Platform tomorrow,” Lavie said in a statement.

Officials say May accepted the request because she has a large delegation in the Polish city. The meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, but had been delayed.

The event is a meeting of international representatives of states interested in achieving the goals set by the Paris Climate Change agreement, aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

May and French President Emmanuel Macron are scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday in Katowice.

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