Pak, Malaysia agree to bolster bilateral ties

Foreign minister thanks Malaysia for principled stance on Kashmir issue

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KUALA LUMPUR/ISLAMABAD
Pakistan and Malaysia have agreed to further bolster cooperation in the areas of kosher food, technology and tourism, and agriculture, it emerged on Tuesday. The two countries reached the understanding after a meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and the Malaysian Minister for Economic Affairs Mohamed Azmin Ali here.
Qureshi noted that both the countries can enhance their bilateral trade through a free trade agreement. He landed in Malaysia on Monday on a two-day visit to attend a summit in Kuala Lampur. Qureshi was invited by his Malaysian counterpart Saifuddin Abdullah. During his visit, the foreign minister will also hold talks with top Malaysian leadership, including Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. He visited Pakistan High Commission and inaugurated a Community Center established for the facilitation of the Pakistan community. Qureshi also hedld meetings with representatives of the Pakistan business community and apprise them about investment opportunities in Pakistan.
The Foreign Minister attended a preparatory meeting on Kuala Lumpur Summit chaired by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Other participants included Foreign Minister of Qatar and Minister of Industry and Technology of Turkey.
The Foreign Minister held separate meetings with the Malaysian Foreign Minister and Minister of Economic Affairs to discuss, inter alia ,bilateral cooperation in trade, investment, halal food, science and technology, human resource and international issues of common interest. The Foreign Minister thanked Malaysian Government for its principled stance on Kashmir issue.
In addition to his official meetings, the Foreign Minister held networking meeting with leading businessmen at lunch hosted by Queen Kalsom of Pahang at her residence. The Foreign Minister apprised the businessmen of the steady improvements in Pakistan’s economy notably the impressive jump in Pakistan’s rating on Ease of Doing Business Index brought about by Government’s business friendly and reform-oriented policies.
He invited the businessmen to invest in Pakistan. The Foreign Minister also held a meeting with the top management of the flagship Malaysian Oil and Gas Corp Petronas to discuss cooperation in Oil and Gas and LNG sectors. Petronas evinced keen interest to increase collaboration with Pakistan. Petronas has presence across the globe and is known for its expertise in energy sector. The Foreign Minister later inaugurated Community Service Centre at the High Commission of Pakistan. The Centre has been set up by Malaysia Pakistan Business Council.
The Centre would provide facilitation to over 82,000 Pakistani nationals in Malaysia. Appreciating the initiative, the Foreign Minister said that the step was in line with the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan who accorded immense importance to community welfare. The Foreign Minister also addressed a gathering of prominent Pakistani community members and businessmen at the High Commission. — VoM

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