Scotland’s First Minister accused the British prime minister of not taking climate change seriously and said he saw “no influence” from the British government on the summit.

Speaking to the PA news agency in Expo City, Dubai, Humza Yousaf criticized Rishi Sunak for allegedly spending more time traveling to and from Cop28 than at the event.

On Monday he said: “If you want to see evidence of how serious Rishi Sunak is about tackling the climate crisis, the fact that he was Cop28 for, I think, around eight hours shows how seriously he takes climate change.”

“In fact, he spent longer on the private jet there and back than he actually did on Cop28.”

Asked whether the British government had any influence on the summit, the First Minister replied: “I didn’t see it. If there are any effects, I haven’t seen them.

“I’ve met world leaders, I’ve met heads of government, I’ve met ministers, I’ve met civil society – I’ve held many meetings where I’ve pushed the parties here to go further and none of them, I must say I mentioned the British government’s contribution or actions.”

He added: “The one thing I welcome from the UK government is that they are providing money for losses and damages. I find that positive.

“Beyond that, I have to say I haven’t seen much from the British government.”

Mr Sunak was asked about his relatively brief presence at Cop28 during a press conference during the summit on Friday.

He responded that he would not measure the British government’s impact on the event “by the hours spent” but “by the actual things we do that make a difference.”

He also said he was confident that what the British government had achieved at Cop28 was “significant”.

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