Johnson: British Prime Minister Johnson discusses trade, Ukraine, Afghanistan with Pakistan – Times of India


LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has met with his Pakistani counterpart Shehbaz Sharif for the first time since the latter’s election last month to discuss a range of topics, including bilateral trade and the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Downing Street said Monday night’s call between the leaders focused on regional and international issues, including the role of a new British trade envoy to Pakistan – Conservative MP Mark Eastwood – who was appointed last year.
Johnson also thanked Pakistan for helping Afghans move to the UK after the Taliban takeover of Kabul.
“The Prime Minister welcomed the strong partnership of the United Kingdom and Pakistan over the past 75 years and said the relationship is embodied in the close ties between our people,” a Downing Street spokesman said in a reading of the appeal.
“They agreed to further strengthen those ties and boost trade and investment, with the Prime Minister highlighting the appointment of a new British trade envoy to Pakistan to boost those efforts,” the spokesman said.
The reading added: “On international affairs, Prime Minister Sharif recognized the UK’s efforts to tackle the crisis in Ukraine, and leaders agreed on the importance of ending immense human suffering and global economic instability caused by the invasion.
“The Prime Minister thanked Pakistan for their help in moving Afghans to the UK after the Taliban takeover of Kabul. The leaders welcomed the continued cooperation and pledged to work together to support a more peaceful and tolerant Afghanistan, noting the importance of ensuring girls can go to school.”
“Thank you Prime Minister. It was great talking to you about a range of issues that shape our excellent bilateral relationship,” Sharif tweeted.
“My government wants to further deepen ties with the UK through renewed cooperation in areas such as trade, commerce, culture, investment and energy,” the Pakistani Prime Minister wrote on Twitter.
Sharif is said to have passed on his congratulations to Queen Elizabeth II’s upcoming platinum jubilee celebration this weekend.
“The leaders looked forward to meeting in person in the near future,” Downing Street said.
PML-N leader Shehbaz Sharif took office in April this year following a no-confidence vote against former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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