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The Independent

Truss to fulfill six visiting world leaders forward of Queen’s funeral

Liz Truss is to fulfill quite a lot of world leaders together with US President Joe Biden, Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Canadian premier Justin Trudeau once they go to Britain for the Queen’s funeral.

Downing Road on Friday detailed the head-to-heads confirmed thus far for the Prime Minister this weekend, forward of the state funeral.

She is going to meet privately along with her counterparts from Australia and New Zealand, Anthony Albanese and Jacinda Ardern, on the Authorities’s Chevening nation residence on Saturday, a No 10 spokesperson mentioned.

There have been unconfirmed strategies that Prime Minister Liz Truss will converse with Irish premier Micheal Martin on the margins of the Queen’s funeral (Liam McBurney/PA)

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On Sunday, she’s going to meet Mr Martin, Mr Trudeau, Polish President Andrzej Duda and Mr Biden at Downing Road.

Ms Truss has met Mr Biden as overseas secretary however this can be their first assembly since she grew to become Prime Minister.

It would happen towards a backdrop of disputes over the Northern Eire Protocol and difficulties working in direction of a commerce take care of the White Home.

The protocol can also be more likely to come up when she speaks to Mr Martin amid strained relations between the 2 international locations over post-Brexit preparations.

The top-to-head with Mr Biden, who will attend the funeral with First Woman Jill Biden, would ease the stress on Ms Truss’s go to to the UN Normal Meeting subsequent week though No 10 didn’t rule out one other bilateral there.

It’s possible that the summit in New York can be the place Ms Truss meets French President Emmanuel Macron, somewhat than throughout his go to to the UK.

Mr Macron confirmed his attendance on the funeral after providing his nation’s condolences in a name to the King.

He tweeted concerning the “unbreakable” ties between France and the UK as he promised to “strengthen” the connection between the UK and France by “following the trail” of the late Queen.

A gathering between the pair could possibly be an opportunity for Ms Truss to clear up the place their relationship stands after she sparked controversy by saying the “jury’s out” over whether or not Mr Macron is a “buddy or foe” throughout her marketing campaign to turn into Tory chief.

I am going to merely share the sorrow that New Zealand has and cross on our deepest condolences

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern

Ms Truss and European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen are additionally understood to be arranging a gathering whereas each attend the UN summit, the place they’re anticipated to debate the dispute between the UK and the EU over the Northern Eire Protocol.

Ms Truss just isn’t anticipated to fulfill Chinese language vice-president Wang Qishan, who is ready to attend the state funeral on Monday as an alternative of chief Xi Jinping.

China’s official delegation is predicted to be barred from attending the Queen’s mendacity in state in Westminster Corridor by the Commons Speaker, whereas seven MPs and friends stay sanctioned by Beijing.

No 10 earlier declined to explain the conversations with allies as formal bilateral conferences, and as an alternative portrayed them as chats to supply condolences over the Queen’s demise, throughout which politics is more likely to come up.

Chevening can be used as one base for conferences somewhat than the Prime Minister’s nation residence of Chequers, which is alleged to be present process routine upkeep work after Boris Johnson’s exit.

In addition to her head-to-heads with world leaders on Sunday, Ms Truss could have an viewers with the King earlier than attending his reception for visiting heads of state at Buckingham Palace.

King Charles III shakes arms with the Prime Minister throughout their first viewers at Buckingham Palace (Yui Mok/PA)

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Ms Ardern will meet the King, Prince of Wales and Prime Minister earlier than the Queen’s funeral.

The New Zealand prime minister confirmed the conferences however disclosed minimal particulars after arriving within the UK, saying she’s going to “share the sorrow that New Zealand has” with the brand new monarch.

“I’ll merely share the sorrow that New Zealand has and cross on our deepest condolences,” the visiting PM mentioned at a press convention in London.

“On the finish of the day, though it is a interval of transition for him, he has additionally misplaced his beloved mom. For us and New Zealand, that’s in the beginning.”

Ms Ardern additionally mentioned the Queen’s demise and new King would be the “focus of dialog” when she and Ms Truss meet.

She mentioned she may also possible focus on Ukraine and the UK’s free commerce settlement with New Zealand.

“I’m certain we may also transact our relationship as properly, however it’s all inside the context of the week of mourning that the UK is at present in,” she mentioned.

As a member of the Commonwealth, New Zealand will deliver 10 extra company from the group, together with the Maori King, Tuheitia Paki, in keeping with a Overseas Workplace supply.

Round 500 dignitaries from around the globe will head to London for the state funeral, in what is ready to be one of many greatest logistical and diplomatic occasions within the UK in many years.

They may be a part of members of the royal household, UK prime ministers previous and current and key figures from public life at Westminster Abbey – which may maintain about 2,000 folks – at 11am on Monday.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who landed in Uzbekistan on Friday morning for a gathering with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin there this week, just isn’t anticipated to come back to the UK, with President Droupadi Murmu being dispatched as an alternative.

Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella and Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro are amongst these attending.

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed his attendance (Steve Parsons/PA)

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However Downing Road declined to substantiate reviews that Ukraine’s First Woman Olena Zelenska, President Volodymyr Zelensky’s spouse, will journey to the funeral.

King Felipe of Spain and his spouse Queen Letizia are among the many European royals who will attend.

Emperor Naruhito of Japan can also be set to journey to London for what can be his first abroad journey since ascending the throne in 2019.

Native media mentioned Turkish overseas minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will attend instead of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Invites to the Queen’s funeral haven’t been despatched to Russia or Belarus towards the backdrop of the invasion of Ukraine.

Taliban-ruled Afghanistan has additionally been excluded, as has Syria and Myanmar.

The seating plan, which might show to be extremely sophisticated because of the varied protocol and political points thrown up by a gathering of this dimension, is but to be finalised.

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