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Rishi Sunak won’t be attending a significant worldwide ceremony in Omaha Beach marking the eightieth anniversary of D-Day, as Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer rubs shoulders with world leaders.

The Prime Minister will likely be at occasions in Normandy and can communicate at a significant British ceremony.

However, his choice to not attend means he won’t stand among the many likes of French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Joe Biden on the worldwide occasion.

With the General Election simply weeks away, Sunak will return to the UK, as numerous polls level to a powerful victory for his Labour rival.

Speaking to PA, a Tory supply tried to minimize the diplomatic impression of Sunak’s absence, mentioning he’ll meet with Macron, Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and different key leaders at subsequent week’s G7 summit in Italy.

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The Prince of Wales and senior ministers will likely be on the official ceremony on Omaha Beach in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, alongside over 25 heads of state and veterans.

The Prime Minister stated: “The heroism and sacrifice of those that fought on D-Day, 80 years ago, changed the course of history.

“Their daring landings, the scale of which the world has never seen before or after, began the march to victory for the allied forces of freedom against the tyranny that had engulfed Europe.

“Because of their historic service we are able to come together as a free nation to commemorate D-Day with pride,” he added.

Sir Keir said: “It is a privilege to stand with surviving D-Day veterans in Normandy today as we mark this historic anniversary.

“We will commemorate their braveness, we’ll honour their fallen comrades and we’ll make sure that their story isn’t forgotten.

“Our debt to them can by no means repaid in full. But we are able to – and should – honour their sacrifice. This goes past get together politics.

“This is about who we’re as a nation. This is our story, our historical past, our identification – and our future collectively.”

The June 6, 1944, Allied invasion on D-Day punched by way of Adolf Hitler’s western defences and helped precipitate Nazi Germany’s give up 11 months later.

Conscious of the inevitability that main D-Day anniversaries will quickly happen with out World War II veterans, enormous throngs of aficionados in uniforms and using autos of the time, and vacationers absorbing the spectacle, have flooded Normandy for the eightieth anniversary.