PM Imran Khan likely to leave for an important foreign policy mission
ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan is likely to travel to Malaysia on January 31 where he is expected to discuss bilateral ties and the regional situation, including Indian atrocities in the valley of Kashmir, with his counterpart, *Mahathir Mohamad link*.
*GVS* learned through reliable diplomatic sources that the schedule of the prime minister’s visit to Malaysia is being finalized. Consultation has been ongoing in this regard.
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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan would soon visit Malaysia, said Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui on Thursday, adding that both sides were working to finalize the plan. “Soon we will arabnews.pk link link 35 link
The visit is of paramount significance because of the fact that Pakistan did not participate in an unprecedented Summit in the Muslim world held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was attended by world leaders including Malaysia’s *Mahathir Mohamed*, Turkey’s *Tayyip Erdogan*, Iran’s *Hassan Rouhani*, and Indonesia’s *Joseph Widodo*.
Saudi Arabia and UAE had reservations over the conduct of the summit. They also asked Pakistan not to attend it. However, the Malaysian Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) clarified the Kuala Lumpur Summit link (KL Summit) 2019 was not intended to create a new bloc to replace the *Organisation of Islamic Cooperation *(OIC).
The Prime Minister also said the summit was not a platform to discuss religion or religious affairs but specifically to address the state of affairs of the Muslim ummah. “As a small nation, Malaysia is fully aware of its limitations and capabilities. We are merely attempting to contribute what little we can for the betterment of the Ummah (Muslims),” the statement said. link link link
Prime Minister Imran Khan telephoned Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Muhammad and expressed his regrets for not being able to attend the summit,
Dr. Mahathir appreciated Imran Khan’s call to inform of his inability to attend the summit where the Pakistani leader was expected to speak and help develop a common stand against the rising Islamophobia and intolerance against Muslims – especially in India and across Europe.