Kuala Lumpur (November 21, 2018): Pakistan and Malaysia on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the partial abolition of visa between the two countries.
Prime Minister Imran Khan and Malaysian PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad witnessed the signing of the Partial Visa Abolishment Agreement (PVAA) which will reinforce the positive momentum in the bilateral relationship by broadening contact at the officials’ level between the two countries.
“FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Malaysian Home Minister Tan Sri Dato Haji Muhyiddin signed the MoU on Partial Abolition on Visa Requirement, in the presence of PM Imran Khan and Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad,” Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal tweeted.
FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi and #Malaysian Home Minister Tan Sri Dato Haji Muhyiddin signed the MoU on Partial Abolition on Visa Requirement, in the presence of PM Imran Khan @PakPMO and Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad @chedetofficial. @MalaysiaMFA pic.twitter.com/Kge5dtumpx
— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@ForeignOfficePk) November 21, 2018
Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Malaysian counterpart Dr. Mahathir Mohamad held one-on-one meeting and delegation level talks in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.
Both the countries discussed entire gamut of bilateral relations, matters of mutual interest, trade cooperation, investment, privatization and ways and means to further bolster their cooperation in diverse fields.
— Prime Minister’s Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) November 21, 2018
Later, addressing a joint news conference with his Malaysian counterpart Dr Mahathir Mohamad in Kuala Lumpur, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan wants to learn from Malaysia’s experience of turning around economy, trade, and development in other sectors.
Both leaders stressed the importance of exchanges of visits at all levels, with a view to further expand the depth of bi-lateral ties for commerce and business in both countries, particularly in palm oil, agro products, food retail, halal products, automotive parts, energy, science and technology, and telecommunication.
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PM Imran said Pakistan has huge untapped tourism resources, which it wants to develop on the pattern Malaysia.
“Malaysia progressed greatly under the leadership of Dr Mahathir. Both of us received votes because we stood against corruption.”
He added, “We will look at Malaysia and how it has progressed to bolster our tourism and other departments.”
PM Imran invited his Malaysian counterpart to visit Pakistan to attend the March 23 ceremony and said that he would be the guest of honour.Speaking on the occasion, Mahathir Mohamad said Malaysia and Pakistan face similar challenges and it has been decided to cooperate with one another.
He emphasized the need to continue mutual cooperation to benefit from the experiences of one another. Malaysian PM said it was also decided to have a dialogue partnership at the ASEAN group; besides, enhancing mutual cooperation in defence sector.
Dr Mahathir said, “Pakistan and Malaysia face the same challenges. Imran Khan is the first foreign leader whom I have welcomed.”
He emphasised the need to continue mutual cooperation to benefit from the experiences of one another.
.He said it was also decided to have a dialogue partnership at the ASEAN group, besides enhancing mutual cooperation in the defence sector.
Malaysia further invited Pakistani companies to invest in the country in both manufacturing and services sectors where the companies are able to leverage Malaysia’s strategic location in expanding their investments into ASEAN and the Asia Pacific regions.
Pakistan invited potential Malaysian companies to explore the possibility of investing in Special Economic Zones to take advantage of Pakistan’s strategic location at the crossroads of Central, South and West Asia.
Imran Khan also invited Dr Mahathir Mohamad to visit Pakistan as chief guest on the occasion of Pakistan Day falling on 23rd March next year.Joint statement
Following the news conference, a joint statement was issued related to the meeting of the prime ministers. According to the statement, both leaders witnessed the signing of the Partial Visa Abolishment Agreement (PVAA) which will reinforce the positive momentum in the bilateral relationship by broadening contact at the officials’ level between the two countries.
Prime Minister Imran Khan briefed Prime Minister Tun Mahathir on the grave human rights situation in Kashmir and in this regard referred to the Reports of UNOHCHR, Amnesty International, International People’s Tribunal and All Parties Parliamentary Kashmir Group, UK. He also discussed the role of OIC Contact Group on Kashmir to highlight the issue.
As two peace-loving Islamic nations, the two leaders agreed to increase their collaborative efforts to uphold the true values of Islam in international fora while strengthening the solidarity of the Muslim Ummah. Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to collaborate more closely on issues affecting the Muslim world including taking joint efforts in underscoring Muslim sensitivities in attacking Muslim holy personalities and religious belief.
Both stressed that terrorism cannot be associated with any religion or belief. Views were Malaysian side took note of the massive counter-terrorism efforts that Pakistan has successfully undertaken in an effort to eliminate terrorism.
PM Khan presented guard of honour
Earlier, on his arrival at the Malaysian prime minister office, Imran Khan was received by Mahathir Mohamad. On the occasion, the anthems of both the countries were played and a guard of honor was presented to PM Khan.
— Prime Minister’s Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) November 20, 2018
PM Khan along with his delegation arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday for a two-day official visit .
He was received by Malaysian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Senator Marzuki bin Yahya and Deputy Minister in the PM Office Dr Mohammad Farid bin Rafik, a PM Media Office press release said.