ACCRA, Relations between Ghana and Britain have received a boost after the countries pledged to strengthen co-operation in the areas of trade, investment and security for the mutual benefit of its people.

This was the outcome of closed-door talks here Wednesday when the visiting British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the latter’s Flagstaff House office.

Addressing the media later, the president said the discussions centred on the desire of both countries to deepen the already strong co-operation and relations between them. The consideration of both countries was to seek ways of meeting the challenges and improving the lives of their people.

“A lot is being done to make sure that relations between Ghana and Britain continue to be on an even keel, and that there are areas for greater trade and business co-operation. Both sides are looking at that and what can be done to improve relations and corporationat the end of the day; it’s about what we can do to improve the lives of our various peoples,” he added.

Johnson congratulated President Akufuo-Addo on his electoral victory, saying he was happy “to see your government going smoothly and getting ready to meet the challenges of the Ghanaian people”.

He said Britain was optimistic that there would be deeper friendship with Ghana, and that British investors were being encouraged to invest in greater numbers in Ghana’s economy because of the “fantastic atmosphere”.

Johnson also expressed confidence that the discussions on issues common interest, including foreign policy and security, would improve the stability of the region which “affects us in Europe as much as anybody else”.