These world leaders were not invited to the Queen’s funeral

World leaders arrived in London this weekend to attend the state funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday.

President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden were among hundreds of world leaders who paid their respects to the monarch while she is in state.

Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska met with the Royal Family as a representative of her country, the BBC reports.

Controversial invitations were also sent to Chinese President Xi Jinping and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, according to the BBC reports neither is expected to attend.

However, not all world leaders made it onto the invite list. The leaders of these countries will not attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

Russia and Belarus

Both Russia and Belarus were sanctioned earlier this year in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The United Kingdom imposed sanctions on Russia as part of the West’s effort to isolate Moscow and harm the country’s economy. Neighboring Belarus was too targeted because of the actions of its leader, President Alexander Lukashenko, to facilitate Russia’s war against Ukraine.

A spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry called the failure to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin “deeply immoral”. according to UK Sky News.

Syria and Venezuela

Syria and Venezuela have not received invitations because they do not have full diplomatic ties with the UK. according to Reuters.

The UK closed its embassy in Syria in 2011 and was one of the first countries to recognize its opposition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

In 2019, Britain joined the US in recognizing opposition figure Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s leader and refusing to recognize incumbent President Nicolás Maduro.


The Taliban have struggled for international recognition since taking over last year. blame the US as the “biggest hurdle” to diplomatic legitimacy.

The British Ambassador to the UN said last month that “the situation in Afghanistan remains critical” and that “the human rights situation is dire”.


The UK announced new sanctions against Myanmar earlier this year, part of a coordinated action with the US and Canada to punish the country’s military regime after it took power in a violent coup last year.

Ambassadors only: North Korea, Nicaragua and Iran

North Korea, Nicaragua and Iran were allowed to send ambassadors, but not their heads of state, according to the telegraph — meaning North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and Iran’s Ebrahim Raisi are among the uninvited heads of state.

Britain joined other western powers last year judged North Korea has called the country “one of the most repressive and totalitarian regimes in the world” for its human rights abuses and weapons of mass destruction programs. June UK criticized China and Russia for vetoing new UN sanctions on North Korea.

After last year’s elections in Nicaragua, the British government sentenced described the process as “neither free nor fair” and expressed concern about “the deterioration of political rights and human rights” in the country. The government sanctioned a number of senior Nicaraguan politicians and officials after the election.

The UK reports having a “sizable Iranian population” within its borders and, along with much of the West, has long been suspicious of Iran’s nuclear operations. The British Ambassador to the United Nations in June called Iran’s nuclear situation “a threat to international peace and security”.

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