Prime Minister's partner Carrie Symonds blocked from United States visit

Elias Hubbard
August 23, 2019

Carrie Symonds, the partner of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has reportedly been denied a visa to visit the U.S. due to a five-day trip to Somaliland in East Africa past year, a region with severe political unrest.

Symonds, 31, utilized for entry to the USA as a part of her gig with Oceana, an environmental group that works to guard the world's oceans, in keeping with the Every day Mail.

Symonds had hoped to go to the USA as an alternative of touring with Johnson to the upcoming G7 summit of the world's main financial powers within the French seaside metropolis of Biarritz, in keeping with the Every day Mail.

The difficulty with Symonds' travel plans may be linked to a journey she made to Somaliland past year alongside her friend Nimco Ali, who campaigns against female genital mutilation.

Symonds met with the country's self-proclaimed president Muse Bihi Abdi to discuss women's rights and sea pollution.

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attend a joint press conference, in Berlin on Wednesday. Somaliland broke away from Somalia in the aftermath of a civil war, declaring itself to be an independent state in 1991.

It was unclear if Symonds applied for a United States visa by using the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), which decides whether travelers can enter the country for 90 days without a formal visa providing they do not pose a security risk.

Washington may also not grant visas to people, who have recently visited a number of other countries including Iran, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

Symonds has no official role in No.10 and no taxpayer-funded support, although she has been pictured at functions in Downing Street with Johnson.

Johnson is still married, but he lives with Symonds at the prime minister's residence at 10 Downing Street in London.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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