Islamabad, Mar 22, 2019: Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Malaysian counterpart Dr Mahathir Mohamad held one-on-one meeting here at the PM House on Friday, focusing on further strengthening relations between the two countries.
The two leaders emphasized on taking effective measures to cement relations at 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.
Pakistani delegation included Finance Minister Asad Umer, Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, PM’s Adviser on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, PM’s Special Assistant for Overseas Pakistanis Zulfiqar Bukhari and Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua.
Meanwhile, Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad was accorded formal welcome at a special ceremony held here at the PM House on Friday.
Prime Minister Imran Khan greeted Dr Mahathir, whom he had earlier received Thursday evening at the Nur Khan Air Base on his arrival in the capital on a three-day official visit.
A tri-services contingent presented guard of honour to the visiting dignitary, who witnessed the ceremony along with Prime Minister Imran Khan.
National anthems of Pakistan and Malaysia were played on the occasion.Dr Mahathir also reviewed the parade as the military band orchestrated ceremonial tunes in the background.
Prime Minister Imran Khan introduced Dr Mahathir with his cabinet members.
The Malaysian Prime Minister planted a sapling of Pine tree at the front lawn of PM House as a symbolic gesture representing deep-rooted friendship between the two countries.