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Malaysian PM Mahathir to arrive in Islamabad today

ISLAMABAD: Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad will arrive in Islamabad today on a three-day visit.

Prime Minister Mahathir will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including leading businessmen. He will be visiting Pakistan at the invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

During his stay, Dr Mahathir will be the guest of honour at the Pakistan Day parade on March 23, the Foreign Office said in a statement. His bilateral engagements include call on President Dr Arif Alvi and one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Khan followed by delegation-level talks.

The two prime ministers will speak at a roundtable meeting of the chief executive officers of industries, who wish to invest in Pakistan’s automobile and telecom sectors.

Prime Minister Mahathir’s visit would further cement the existing brotherly and friendly relations between the two countries, the FO statement said, adding the focus of the interest was on enhancing economic, trade, investment and defence ties for the mutual benefit of the peoples of the two countries.

Earlier, on March 20, Haroon Sharif, the chairperson of the Board of Investment, had said that about five Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) were expected to be signed during Mohamad’s visit.

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He said BoI was organising a Pak-Malaysia business leaders roundtable meeting on March 22, which would be co-chaired by both PM Imran Khan and Mahathir bin Mohamad.

Officials of 15 Malaysian companies will also accompany the Malaysian PM, he said, adding that Malaysia and Pakistan are likely to sign MoUs in the car assembling, meat, telecom and stones sectors.

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