/Boris Johnson asks Trump to reconsider immunity for diplomats wife

Boris Johnson asks Trump to reconsider immunity for diplomats wife

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. President Donald Trump | Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

UK PM and US president discuss road crash in which teenager was killed.


10/9/19, 10:13 PM CET

Updated 10/9/19, 10:22 PM CET

Boris Johnson asked Donald Trump to “reconsider the U.S. position” and force the wife of an American diplomat who is a suspect in a fatal road crash to return to Britain.

According to Downing Street, Johnson told Trump he wanted the U.S. to reconsider giving immunity to Anne Sacoolas, who left the U.K. despite telling police she had no plans to do so after a crash in which teenager Harry Dunn was killed. Dunn’s motorbike collided with a car near an RAF base in Northamptonshire on August 27.

Sacoolas should “return to the U.K., cooperate with police and allow Harry’s family to receive justice,” Downing Street said Johnson told Trump.

The pair “agreed to work together to find a way forward as soon as possible.”

Johnson told ITV News earlier this week: “I do not think that it can be right to use the process of diplomatic immunity for this type of purpose. And I hope that Anne Sacoolas will come back and will engage properly with the processes of law as they are carried out in this country.”

Trump and Johnson also “expressed their serious concern at Turkey’s invasion of northeast Syria and the risk of a humanitarian catastrophe in the region.”

The U.K. prime minister also voiced his “disappointment” at the U.S. announcement of tariffs against EU exports in the Airbus-Boeing dispute, “which will harm a number of industries including Scotch Whisky. He pressed the president not to impose the tariffs.”

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