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Kamala Harris will represent the United States at the Swiss ‘peace summit’ for Ukraine

WASHINGTON– Vice President Kamala Harris will represent the United States this month at the Swiss-hosted global peace summit on the war in Ukraine, an event promoted by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The White House said Harris would attend the meeting in Lucerne on June 15. President Joe Biden is expected to attend a campaign fundraiser in Los Angeles hosted by actors George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

“The Vice President will highlight the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to supporting Ukraine’s efforts to secure a just and lasting peace, based on Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” and the principles of the United Nations charter, said its communications director, Kirsten Allen. Harris will also “reaffirm her support for the Ukrainian people as they defend themselves against ongoing Russian aggression.”

Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, will join Harris in the US delegation.

Zelensky has strongly boosted the summit and encouraged world leaders to attend, even as he accuses Russia, with help from China, of trying to undermine the meeting.

Asked Monday whether the president was sending the wrong message globally by skipping the peace summit to attend a glitzy fundraiser in California, the White House national security spokesman, John Kirby, said: “No leader in the world has increasingly supported Ukraine. more strident than Joe Biden.

He said Harris would attend the summit “because of our desire to be represented around this table” and that her presence would help demonstrate that “Ukraine has no stronger support than the United States.”

“Regardless of who represents the United States at this summit,” Kirby said during a virtual press briefing with reporters, “it cannot be said that the United States has in any way renounced its support Ukraine.”

ABC News

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