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We want to learn from your experiences, PM Imran tells Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad

The host rolled out the red carpet for Pakistani prime minister and media quoted him as saying that Imran Khan was the first foreign leader whom he has welcomed.

By Web Desk
November 21, 2018

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said he wants to learn from Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohammad's experiences to steer  his country out of crisis and transform and develop  its economy as he landed in Malaysia on a two-day official  visit.

Imran Khan was given an official welcome at the Dataran Perdana where he was greeted on arrival by Prime Minister  Dr Mahathir Mohamad

Both the leaders held a joint press conference after Mahathir Mohamad welcomed Mr Khan and his delegation.

Prime minister Khan  invited his Malaysian counterpart to visit Pakistan to grace the Pakistan Day ceremony on March 23 in Islamabad.

He said one of the main reasons behind his visit to Malaysia was "0ut of admiration of Mahathir Mohammad. "

"We look upon you as a statesman, someone who transformed  his country, we have followed Malaysia's progress,especially Mr Prime Minister when you came to office. We and my party want to learn from your experience,how you transformed an economy, developed it, raised the per capita income and raised the GDP.

Presently both of our governments are in similar situations. We both came to power, people gave us mandate on an anti-corruption platform, and we faced similar situations. 

We face unprecedented debt, there was lot to share. We want to talk to you about how deal with the crisis and to come out of it."

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said during the presser that Pakistan and Malaysia are facing the same challenges.

During the press conference with Prime Minister Imran Khan the Malaysian premier stressed on the need for shared cooperation which would prove beneficial for both sides.

Moreover, Dr Mahathir also publicized the decision to hold a dialogue partnership at the ASEAN group in addition to working on uplifting the shared assistance in the division of defence.