Friday, January 27, 2023

Imran Khan, Mahathir vow to further strengthen bilateral relations

Imran Khan, Mahathir vow to further strengthen bilateral relations
KUALA LUMPUR (92 News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan and Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad held one-on-one meeting at Putrajaya and they expressed commitment to further strengthen bilateral relations. During the meeting, Pakistan and Malaysia have agreed to build a strong economic partnership and work together on issues affecting the Muslim Ummah. The two sides agreed for regular discussions to strengthen the trade and investment relations by removing barriers in key areas and develop linkages between the private sectors of two countries. Both the sides also expressed commitment to build stronger ties in the areas of defence, law enforcement, tourism and education. They agreed to more exchanges at different levels to set the future direction of bilateral relationship. The two sides reaffirmed commitment to ensure stronger collaboration amongst various ministries and agencies to enhance friendship and understanding between the two peoples. The two sides also signed an extradition treaty. Delegation level talks between Pakistan and Malaysia also held at Putrajaya. Prime Minister Imran Khan led the Pakistani delegation while the Malaysian side by its Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad. The two sides discussed the entire spectrum of bilateral relations and ways and means to further expand their relations in different fields including trade, economy and tourism. On his arrival at Prime Minister Office, Mahatir Mohammad accorded warm welcome to Prime Minister Imran Khan. Both the sides are expected to sign a number of important agreements and MOUs. Imran Khan will also address a think-tank event organized by the Institute of Strategic and International Studies of Malaysia. He will also highlight the dire human rights and humanitarian situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK), emphasize the importance of averting risks to regional peace and stability posed by Indian belligerence, and underscore the importance of peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute. Earlier, Malaysian Minister for Defence Mohamad Sabu and senior officials of the Malaysian government received him at Bunga Raya Complex, Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Pakistan High Commissioner to Malaysia Amna Baloch and other officers were also present. Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister for Planning Asad Umar, Adviser on Commerce Abdul Razzak Dawood and Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood are accompanying the prime minister. Prime Minister Imran Khan used the Chinese airspace instead of Indian to reach Malaysia. Prime Minister Imran Khan will also address a think-tank event organized by the Institute of Strategic and International Studies of Malaysia. During his various interactions, the premier will share his vision about Pakistan and underline Pakistan’s positive contribution to regional and international peace and security. Imran Khan will also highlight the dire human rights and humanitarian situation in Occupied Kashmir, emphasize the importance of averting risks to regional peace and stability posed by Indian belligerence, and underscore the importance of peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute.