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April 25, 2019
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Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohammad arrives in Islamabad on 3-day visit

ISLAMABAD: Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad arrived in Islamabad on a three-day visit to Pakistan.

Prime Minister Imran Khan received the visiting dignitary at Nur Khan airbase.

The Malaysian premier is visiting on the invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan, and will be the chief guest at the Pakistan Day parade on March 23.

Mahathir was accompanied by a high-level delegation, including several leading businessmen.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Khusro Bakhtiar were also present at the airport.  Mahathir was given a 21-gun salute and presented with a bouquet of flowers upon his arrival.

Razak Dawood, the prime minister’s advisor on commerce, said memoranda of understanding (MoUs) covering $800-$900 million worth of investments with Malaysian investors would be signed on Friday, Radio Pakistan reported.

The memoranda will cover deals in IT, telecom, power generation, textile, agriculture, and halal food industries, according to Radio Pakistan.

“We believe Malaysia will be an opening for us to the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) countries,” Dawood said.

The Malaysian prime minister’s bilateral engagements also include a call on President Arif Alvi, and a one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan, followed by delegation-level talks, state radio network reported.