Mahathir Mohammad is on a three-day official visit to Pakistan
ISLAMABAD — Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Malaysian counterpart Dr Mahathir Mohammad held a one-on-one meeting at the PM House in Islamabad on Friday, focusing on further strengthening relations between the two countries.
Mahathir Mohammad reached Islamabad on a three-day official visit to Pakistan on Thursday evening.
The two leaders emphasized on taking effective measures to cement relations at the people-to-people level, besides encouraging their businessmen to initiate joint ventures.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan and Malaysia enjoyed brotherly relationship and stood by each other in difficult times.
He termed Dr Mahathir Mohamad an inspirational personality whose vision made Malaysia a developed and modern country.
Later, the two leaders led their sides at the delegations-level talks, which encompassed diverse areas that include cooperation in trade, automobiles, agriculture, tourism, and food processing, particularly Halal meat.
Prime Minister Imran Khan welcomed the guest. Mahathir Mohamad inspected the guard of honor after national anthems of both the countries were played.
Joint Press conference
The prime ministers held a joint press conference where Khan told Dr Mahathir Mohammad that his visit was an honor for his country.
Khan applauded the Malaysian leader for his efforts to eliminate the menace of corruption which he said makes nations poor.
“We see Mahathir as leader of Muslim nations,” PM Imran Khan told his Malaysian counterpart.
Responding to a question, Khan said only two leaders stand out in the Muslim world who transformed their countries.
He said Malaysian leader was one of them under whose leadership Malaysia’s per capita income went up its economy improved.
“The other country is Turkey. We saw the change in Turkey under then Prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan where per capita income went up and people’s condition improved.
He said Pakistan was facing economic challenges which he discussed with PM Mahathir Mohamad.
“It is corruption that makes us poor,” Mahathir Mohmmad agreed with his Pakistan counterpart while speaking at the press conference.
He said Pakistan can benefit from Malaysia’s experience in eliminating corruption.
Mohamad said it was an honor for him to be part of Pakistan Day celebrations.
The Malaysia prime minister said discussed the problems facing Muslim Ummah. He said measures will have to be taken to put an end to extremism and Islamophobia.
Mahathir Mohamd said measures aimed at enhancing trade between Malaysia and Pakistan also came under discussion during their meeting.
He was warmly received by Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Nur Khan Airbase. Two children clad in traditional dresses, presented him a bouquet and a 21-gun salute heralded the arrival of Dr Mahathir Mohammad. A contingent of Presidential Guards presented static salute to the dignitary who is visiting Pakistan at the invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The Malaysian prime minister will be the chief guest at the Pakistan Day parade tomorrow (March 23). Mahathir was accompanied by a high-level delegation, including several leading businessmen.