PM won’t use Indian air space on way to Malaysia

By: Sabah News      Published: 10:38 PM, 2 Feb, 2020
PM won’t use Indian air space on way to Malaysia
–AFP file photo

Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided he would not use the Indian airspace while travelling to Malaysia on Monday. He will fly to Malaysia using Chinese airspace despite the fact that it would add four to five hours to his journey.

Prime Minister Imran Khan will leave for Malaysia on a two-day visit on Monday. He is visiting Malaysia on the invitation of his Malaysian counterpart Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

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

Imran to leave for Malaysia on a two day visit tomorrow

During the visit, the two prime ministers would have a tete-e-tete, followed by delegation-level talks. They will witness signing of important agreement/MoUs, and have joint press stakeout. Prime Minister Imran Khan will also address a think-tank event organized by the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) of Malaysia.

The prime minister’s visit is another sign of robust engagement between Pakistan and Malaysia and the shared commitment to fortify the strategic partnership between the two countries. This is Prime Minister Imran Khan’s second visit to Malaysia since assuming office in August 2018. Earlier, the prime minister had visited Malaysia on 20-21 November 2018.

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad visited Pakistan on March 21-23, 2019 and was chief guest at the Pakistan Day Parade. The two prime ministers also met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly Session in New York in September 2019.

Pakistan and Malaysia enjoy close, cordial ties based on commonalities of faith and culture and marked by exceptional mutual trust and understanding.

In line with the vision of leadership of the two countries, bilateral ties have deepened in recent years, leading to closer cooperation in the sphere of trade, investment, industry, defence, education and at various international forums.

The visit of the prime minister will provide an opportunity to review the full spectrum of bilateral relations and reaffirm Pakistan’s resolve to forge a robust economic relationship with Malaysia and further expand the existing broad-based, long-term and enduring cooperation.

During his interactions, the prime minister will share his vision about Pakistan and underline Pakistan’s positive contribution to regional and international peace and security.

The prime minister will also highlight the human rights violations and humanitarian crisis in the Indian occupied Kashmir and shed light on the threats to regional peace and stability posed by the Indian belligerence. His visit will contribute to the historic Pakistan-Malaysia ties and take bilateral cooperation to a higher level.