Pak, Malaysia to convert ties into strategic partnership

Imran, Mahathir for enhanced bilateral trade, investment relations

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ISLAMABAD

 

Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Malaysian counterpart Dr Mahathir Mohammad Friday called for enhanc­ing trade and investment ties between the two brotherly countries through pri­vate sector participation, partnerships and joint ventures for the mutual ben­efit. They were speaking at Pakistan- Malaysia Business and Investment Roundtable, organized by the Board of Investment (BoI) here and was at­tended by a large number of business­men and entrepreneurs from Pakistan and Malaysia.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said the holding of business and investment roundtable was very important as it provided opportunity to entrepreneurs from the two countries to interact and explore the investment opportunities. He said both the countries had decided to formulate a strong Pak-Malaysia Ministerial Level Committee, which would meet regularly to interact and explore trade and investment opportu­nities. The prime minister appreciated the vision of Dr. Mahathir Mohammad said the way Malaysia developed under his leadership was a model for others, especially the Muslims countries, to follow.

He said Dr Mahathir Mohammad had a clear vision and stance, which non-leaders often did not have and were used to trying to please everyone. The prime minister said the presence of a leader like Dr Mahathir Mohammad in Pakistan was an honor especially on the historic occasion of March 23, a day when the resolution of Pakistan was presented in 1940 under the great lead­ership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhamamd Ali Jinnah. We will be sad as you will be leaving tomorrow. We wish you to have stayed more in Pakistan, he remarked.

Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohammad while address­ing the business and investment roundtable said the event provided opportunity to the businessmen from two countries to interact and explore the opportunities of trade, investment and joint ventures.

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