Malaysia keen to make Pakistan a dialogue partner in ASEAN groups

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Malaysia keen to make Pakistan a dialogue partner in ASEAN groups

*KUALA LAMPUR - Prime Minister Imran Khan held a joint press conference with his Malaysia counterpart Mahatir Mohammad.*

*PM Khan said that Pakistan and Malaysia are facing similar situations right now, in terms of debt and corruption.*

The heads of the Pakistani and Malaysian government discussed during Prime Minister Khan’s visit to the country common issues such as foreign direct investment, privatisation, tourism and food.

During a press briefing in Putrajaya, Malaysia Wednesday morning, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad also said that he had been invited to visit Pakistan on March 23, 2019 as chief guest at the country’s Pakistan Day celebrations.

He said Malaysia is keen to make Pakistan a dialogue partner in ASEAN groups. He said the two heads of state also discussed mutual defence cooperation during their meetings. [image: Embedded video] link

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PM Khan said one of the main reasons for him wanting to come to Malaysia was out of admiration for PM Mahathir. You are a statesman who transformed his country and we have followed your country’s progress since when you came into office, he said.

“We want to learn from your experience, how you transformed your economy and developed it,” he said, adding that the two countries’ governments are in similar situations.

PM Mahathir served as Malaysia’s premier from 1981 to 2003 and recently came into power once again, beating PM Najib Razak who is being investigated for massive corruption during his tenure.