Johnson and Shehbaz Sharif discuss commerce between the UK and Pakistan, as well as the turmoil in Ukraine

On Monday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke with Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif about a variety of problems, including trade, Afghanistan’s human rights situation, and the Ukraine war.

“The Prime Minister spoke to Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Shehbaz Sharif, today following his recent election. Welcoming the United Kingdom and Pakistan’s strong partnership over the past 75 years, the Prime Minister said the relationship is incarnated in the close ties between our people,” the¬†UK¬†Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement.

They promised to strengthen those connections and boost trade and investment in a phone discussion, with the Prime Minister emphasising the appointment of a new UK Trade Envoy to Pakistan to spearhead those efforts.

Both Prime Ministers spoke about the current situation in Ukraine as well as other issues of mutual concern. “On international matters, Sharif acknowledged the UK’s efforts to address the crisis in Ukraine, and the leaders agreed on the need of resolving the enormous human suffering and global economic uncertainty created by the invasion,” according to Downing Street.

Following the Taliban’s capture of Kabul, Johnson commended Pakistan for its assistance in transporting Afghans to the United Kingdom.

“The leaders expressed their appreciation for continuous cooperation and pledged to work together to build a more peaceful and tolerant Afghanistan, emphasising the importance of guaranteeing girls’ access to education,” according to the UK PMO.

The Pakistani Prime Minister congratulated Her Majesty the Queen on her impending Platinu.