Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad during the joint press conference with Prime Minister Imran Khan said that he is feeling great and honoured to be attending Pakistan Day.
The Malaysian prime minister said, “We have had bilateral discussions on issues affecting the region and the world. If we increase our trade with each other, we will benefit much. Today, everyone is focused on growing their economy. It is necessary that we have some wealth of our own in order to function as nations.”
“We believe trade between us will increase. We need to identify what you can sell to us and what we can sell to you. We need to know the rules and laws of our countries so we are familiar with them… so the traders find it comfortable to do business in the two countries,” he added. Mahatir Mohamad added “I think we can exchange information on how to combat corruption in our countries.”
“We need to find other ways of combating Islamophobia, I think Pakistan and Malaysia understand this issue. Fighting back doesn’t always mean killing each other. There are other things we can do to reduce this atmosphere of fear, anger towards Muslims,” Mahatir Mohamad asserted.
PM Imran appreciated the Malaysian premier for taking a stand for Muslims after the New Zealand and said “We also admire you for your stand against corruption. “our comeback was one of the most remarkable comebacks,” the premier told his Malaysian counterpart. “Corruption is what destroys institutions and takes away money that should be spent on human beings and on human development,” he added.
Responding to a question, PM Imran said, “In the Muslim world, there are only two leaders who stand out and who actually transformed the society. [One is the] Malaysian prime minister and we watched as Malaysia was transformed. The other was Turkey, under Erdogan. We saw the change in Turkey and the GDP going up.”
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17 November, 2019