Pakistan PM Imran Khan arrives in Malaysia on two-day official visit; likely to seek aid

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (L) shakes hands with his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan during a welcoming ceremony at the prime minister's office in Putrajaya on November 21, 2018. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Islamabad, Pakistan Nov 21, 2018, 11.35 AM (IST)

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan is on a two-day official visit to Malaysia where he is likely to seek monetary assistance to minimise cash-strapped Pakistan's dependence on an IMF bailout package.

Imran Khan was given an official welcome at the Dataran Perdana where he was greeted on arrival by Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad at 9.40am Wednesday (November 21).

Prime Minister Khan is accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umer, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry and Adviser on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, Radio Pakistan reported.

This is Khan's first bilateral visit to Malaysia after assuming office in August.

Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad will have a tete-a-tete, followed by the delegation-level talks, the Foreign Office said.

The two countries enjoy warm brotherly relations founded in mutual respect friendship and understanding reinforced by strong cultural and religious affinities, the Foreign Office said in a statement last week.

Mr Khan's visit "would provide an opportunity to further cement the existing friendly and cordial bilateral relations by enhancing economic, trade and commercial ties, for our mutual benefit," the statement said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Imran Khan was given an official welcome at the Dataran Perdana where he was greeted on arrival by Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad at 9.40am Wednesday (November 21).