Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on a two-day visit to Malaysia after missing the summit of Muslim nations

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan He will embark on a two-day visit to Kuala Lumpur from Monday to placate the leaders of Malaysia after a great summit of Muslim nations was jumped under pressure from Saudi Arabia.

On Sunday he said (PM) Khan is visiting Malaysia from February 3 to 4 at the invitation of the Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad .

Khan will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including cabinet members and senior officials.

During the visit, the two heads of state would have tete-e-tete followed by delegation-level conversations.

They will witness the signing of important agreements/memoranda of understanding and will meet with the joint press.

Prime Minister Khan will also address an expert group event organized by the Institute for Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) of Malaysia.

The prime minister's visit is another sign of solid commitment between Pakistan and Malaysia and the shared commitment to further strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries, FO said.

In line with a common vision, bilateral ties between the two countries have deepened in recent years in trade, investment, industry, defense, education and in various international forums, the FO said.

The FO said the prime minister will share with Mahathir his vision of Pakistan and the positive role of his government in achieving regional and international peace.

Local media call Khan's visit a damage control exercise.

Khan had confirmed Pakistan's participation in the December 19-21 summit organized by the Malaysian prime minister, but the event was skipped at 11 am due to pressure from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the main financial sponsors of the country with liquidity problems.

The summit in Kuala Lumpur was seen by the Saudis as an attempt to create a new bloc in the Muslim world that could become an alternative to the Islamic Cooperation Organization (ICO) run by the Gulf Kingdom.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan even visited Islamabad last December to convey the gratitude of the Saudi leadership to Pakistan for not attending the summit.

After retiring from the event, Khan spoke by phone with his Malaysian counterpart and offered to visit him after the summit.

It is believed that Khan will use the visit to explain to Mahathir the reason for Pakistan's withdrawal from the summit.

This is Khan's second visit to Malaysia since taking office in August 2018. The last visit was in November 2018.

Prime Minister Mahathir visited Pakistan in March last year and was the main guest at the Pakistan Day Parade.

The two prime ministers also met outside the session of the United Nations General Assembly in NY in September 2019.

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