Prime Minister’s partner Carrie Symonds blocked from US visit

Boris Johnson's girlfriend, Carrie Symonds, has been barred from visiting the US.

She had applied for permission to go to the US in the next few days as part of her job with environmental group Oceana but the request was blocked by the American authorities, the Daily Mail reported.

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File photo dated 274/07/19 of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's partner Carrie Symonds, who is expected to speak publicly for the first time since moving into Downing Street at an environmental event.
Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, attends Birdfair, an environmental awareness conference, at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton near Oakham, where she is due to give a speech.
Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, attends Birdfair, an environmental awareness conference, at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton near Oakham, where she is due to give a speech.
Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, gives a speech at Birdfair, an environmental awareness conference, at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton near Oakham.
Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, attends Birdfair, an environmental awareness conference, at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton near Oakham, where she is due to give a speech.
Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, attends Birdfair, an environmental awareness conference, at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton near Oakham, where she is due to give a speech.
Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, gives a speech at Birdfair, an environmental awareness conference, at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton near Oakham.
Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, attends Birdfair, an environmental awareness conference, at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton near Oakham, where she is due to give a speech.
Activist Carrie Symonds takes part in an anti-whaling protest outside the Japanese Embassy in central London.
New Prime Minister Boris Johnson's partner Carrie Symonds waits for him to make a speech outside 10 Downing Street, London, after meeting Queen Elizabeth II and accepting her invitation to become Prime Minister and form a new government.
Stanley Johnson introduces himself to Carrie Symonds at an anti-whaling protest outside the Japanese Embassy in central London.
Stanley Johnson and Carrie Symonds at an anti-whaling protest outside the Japanese Embassy in central London.
Activist Carrie Symonds takes part in an anti-whaling protest outside the Japanese Embassy in central London.
Activist Carrie Symonds takes part in an anti-whaling protest outside the Japanese Embassy in central London.
Boris Johnsons Carrie Symonds leaves the Academy of Engineering after attending Boris Johnsons Conservative Party leadership campaign Launch on June 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 07: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson passes Carrie Symonds as he leaves the Conservative party Black and White Ball at Natural History Museum on February 7, 2018 in London, England. The ball is a fundraising event for the political party where donors pay to spend the evening with cabinet ministers and the Prime Minister. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 07: Environment Secretary, Michael Gove hugs Carrie Symonds as he leaves the Conservative party Black and White Ball at Natural History Museum on February 7, 2018 in London, England. The ball is a fundraising event for the political party where donors pay to spend the evening with cabinet ministers and the Prime Minister. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds leave his home, following the results of the European Parliament elections, in Thame, Britain May 27, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
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The situation could prove embarrassing for the Prime Minister, who is expected to meet US President Donald Trump at the G7 summit in France which begins on Saturday.

The problem with Ms Symonds' travel plans could be linked to a trip to Somaliland last year.

The US does not recognise Somaliland as an independent country, instead viewing it as part of Somalia.

Applicants under the electronic system for travel authorisation (Esta) visa waiver programme, which allows Britons to spend up to 90 days in the US, are asked whether they have visited Somalia since March 2011.

Ms Symonds visited Somaliland last year with her friend Nimco Ali, a campaigner against female genital mutilation.

Following the reports of Ms Symonds' travel difficulties, Ms Ali said on Twitter: "Somaliland is Africa's best kept Secret, it's my birth place and it's stunning.

"For 28 years without international assistance we have rebuilt our Country and are the only democracy in the Horn of Africa. I am happy to personally show anyone around the land I was sourced from."

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

Downing Street declined to comment when approached by the PA news agency.

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