Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif discussed strengthening the historic ties between Pakistan and Scotland during a meeting with the First Minister of Scotland Humza Yousaf in London on May 7.
Pakistan-origin Yousaf became the first Muslim leader of Scotland after narrowly winning a Scottish National Party leadership battle to clinch the top job. He met PM Sharif, who visited the UK for the coronation of King Charles III.
The two leaders agreed to further strengthen historic ties between Pakistan and Scotland, including in the domains of trade, investment, education, water management, wind and solar technology and people-to-people links, according to a statement by Pakistan Government.
Given my own heritage as a Scottish-Pakistani, it was a particular pleasure meeting the Prime Minister of Pakistan @CMShehbaz while in London today.— Humza Yousaf (@HumzaYousaf) May 7, 2023
We both committed to strengthening the friendship between our two countries, across a range of areas of cooperation. 🏴🇵🇰 https://t.co/35PXKyZVvb
Investment and business
The two sides agreed to work collaboratively to promote joint ventures in education, skills development, and renewables. They also explored ways to leverage Scottish Pakistani entrepreneurs to promote investment in Pakistan. They also agreed to work collaboratively to address the challenge of climate change.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, the Pakistani prime minister said that an investment conference will soon be convened in Scotland to enhance cooperation between Pakistan and Scotland in diverse fields.
Shehbaz Sharif added that the 80,000-strong Pakistani diaspora was playing an important part in the development of Scotland and their contribution will further strengthen ties between the two nations.