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Trump tells PM they can 'work together' over British teen death

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Deon Fourie riding on the back of a motorcycle: Harry Dunn was 19 and rode a motorbike © Other Harry Dunn was 19 and rode a motorbike

Donald Trump has told Boris Johnson they can "work together to find a way forward" over a US woman involved in the death of a British teenager.

Downing Street said the leaders spoke on the phone after the parents of Harry Dunn expressed their "anger" over how the death of their son had been handled by the UK government.

The 19-year-old was killed in a car crash in Northamptonshire on 27 August, when police believe Anne Sacoolas pulled out on the wrong side of the road as she emerged from US spy base RAF Croughton.

Her car is thought to have collided with Harry as he rode his motorbike - causing fatal injuries.

Mrs Sacoolas, 42, was granted diplomatic immunity in the US after flying back shortly after the fatal crash, sparking an increasingly high-level row between the UK government and Washington.

Downing Street said Mr Johnson "urged the president to reconsider the US position so the individual involved can return to the UK, cooperate with police and allow Harry's family to receive justice".

a person posing for the camera: Anne Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity and left for the US © Other Anne Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity and left for the US

Mr Trump was said to be "fully aware of the case" and "deeply saddened by what has happened", with both leaders agreeing to "work together to find a way forward as soon as possible".

Parents Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn had been told a call would take place during a meeting with Dominic Raab, although they were said to have been left "disappointed" by their discussions with the foreign secretary.

They reiterated their desire to see Mrs Sacoolas return from the US, but family spokesman Radd Seiger told reporters afterwards: "To say we are disappointed with the outcome of the meeting would be an understatement."

The foreign secretary is said to have relayed the steadfast US position on the issue, which is that the White House will not consider granting any waivers of diplomatic immunity.

Mr Seiger told Sky News the family felt the "strange" meeting was poorly handled, and that it had left them feeling "perplexed, angry and confused".

a man standing next to a tree: Tim Dunn and Charlotte Charles said they wanted US diplomat's wife Anne Sacoolas to return to the UK to talk to them © Sky News Screen Grab Tim Dunn and Charlotte Charles said they wanted US diplomat's wife Anne Sacoolas to return to the UK to talk to them

The family later said they felt the meeting had been a "publicity stunt" and they were "disgusted".

Mr Seiger told Sky News: "These parents are determined to seek justice for Harry and they can do anything they can to achieve those ends."

He also revealed that the family plans to recruit lawyers in the UK and the US with a view to possibly filing a civil claim against Mrs Sacoolas.

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Ms Charles has also made a direct appeal to Mrs Sacoolas to return, telling reporters: "Do the humane thing, get on the plane and come back - from one parent to another.

a man wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Harry Dunn died in August © Other Harry Dunn died in August

"How would a human make a decision to get on a plane and run away from what she's done and try and continue her life, what kind of example is she setting to her children? She's being dishonest by running away from us."

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Mr Dunn also spoke out after the meeting at the Foreign Office, and expressed doubt as to whether the phone call between the prime minister and the president would lead to anything.

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He said he was "deeply disappointed" by the way the situation had been handled by the Foreign Office.

He added: "I don't think anything will come of it. I don't think the government or the Commonwealth Office have any clout to do anything. I don't think Boris will do any good, either."

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Despite efforts since then to have Mrs Sacoolas brought back, the Foreign Office has dismissed doubts as to whether she should have been eligible for diplomatic immunity.

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Questions were raised by an international lawyer, who told Sky News that her husband Jonathan Sacoolas does not appear on a list of registered diplomats.

The Foreign Office later insisted that he was an accredited diplomat in the eyes of the British government, and therefore his wife was entitled to diplomatic immunity.

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