New Foreign Secretary Liz Truss pushes for ‘progress on delivering justice’ for the family of Harry Dunn as she meets her US counterpart Antony Blinken in New York
- Foreign Secretary Liz Truss went to New York with PM for UN General Assembly
- Cabinet minister met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken for formal talks
- Ms Truss raised case of Harry Dunn and called for ‘progress on delivering justice’
Liz Truss has urged her US counterpart to ‘make progress on delivering justice’ for the family of Harry Dunn as they met for face-to-face talks.
The Foreign Secretary met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken as she attended the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Mr Dunn, 19, was killed when a car crashed into his motorbike outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27, 2019.
His family has spent two years campaigning for 43-year-old suspect Anne Sacoolas, a US citizen, to face the UK justice system after diplomatic immunity was asserted on her behalf shortly after the collision.
Liz Truss has urged her US counterpart to ‘make progress on delivering justice’ for the family of Harry Dunn as they met for face-to-face talks
Mr Dunn, 19, was killed when a car crashed into his motorbike outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27, 2019
A Foreign Office spokesman said: ‘The Foreign Secretary also raised the case of Harry Dunn and the need to make progress on delivering justice for Harry’s family.’
The trip to the UN General Assembly is Ms Truss’s first overseas visit since she was elevated to the role of Foreign Secretary at Boris Johnson’s Cabinet reshuffle last week.
Mr Blinken had visited the UK back in May of this year when he held talks with Ms Truss’s predecessor, Dominic Raab.
Ms Truss and Mr Blinken met last night and ‘discussed the close partnership between the UK and the USA and their shared ambitions to build a stronger economic and security alliance between the two countries’.
The spokesman said: ‘As two leading free enterprise democracies they recognised the shared common ground between the UK and USA on a wide range of areas including the Indo-Pacific and regional security there and the need to build back better from the Covid pandemic.
‘They discussed how they could use the Build Back Better World initiative to provide developing countries with reliable investment to meet their infrastructure needs in a sustainable way.’
The pair also ‘welcomed the recently agreed AUKUS partnership on security in the Indo-Pacific region’.
The Foreign Secretary met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken as she attended the United Nations General Assembly in New York
The defence pact between the US, the UK and Australia will see the latter secure its first ever fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.
But the deal has sparked a furious diplomatic row with France because Canberra has backed out of a deal with Paris to buy a fleet of diesel-electric submarines.
Ms Truss and Mr Blinken also discussed the US decision to allow fully-vaccinated British travellers to visit the country from November and ‘discussed the ongoing situation in Afghanistan’.
They also agreed that Iran must grant the immediate release of all arbitrarily detained British and American nationals.
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