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OFFICIAL VISIT OF THE PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA
TUN DR. MAHATHIR MOHAMAD TO THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN
21-23 MARCH 2019
Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad will undertake an Official Visit to Pakistan from 21-23 March 2019. The visit is at the invitation of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan to Prime Minister as the Chief Guest for the Pakistan Day celebration on 23 March 2019. The visit would be Prime Minister’s inaugural visit to Pakistan since assuming his post in May 2018.
The Official Welcoming Ceremony will be held on the morning of 22 March 2019 at the Prime Minister’s Residence. During the visit, both Prime Ministers will hold a bilateral meeting that would provide opportunities for both sides to review the existing relations and cooperation as well as identify new areas for future collaboration.
The visit underlines the significance and importance Malaysia attaches to its relationship with Pakistan. It will also be an opportunity for both leaders to exchange views on a range of global and regional issues of common concern. Following the bilateral meeting, both leaders will officiate the ground breaking ceremony of PROTON’s new plant in Islamabad and witness the signing of business to business MoUs.
Prime Minister is scheduled to call on the President of Pakistan, Arif Alvi. The Pakistani Government has announced that Prime Minister will be conferred the highest civilian award, the Order of Pakistan in recognition for his contribution to United Nations, OIC and ASEAN. President Arif Alvi will host a State Banquet for Prime Minister and delegates.
Malaysia and Pakistan enjoy substantive and longstanding bilateral relations. Malaysia is optimistic that this visit would elevate Malaysia and Pakistan relations to a higher level. In 2018, Malaysia’s total trade with Pakistan increased by 2.5% to RM5.91 billion (USD1.47 billion) from RM5.76 billion (USD1.34 billion) in 2017. Pakistan is Malaysia’s third largest trading partner amongst South Asian countries.
20 March 2019