Nafees Zakaria, Malaysian Dy PM holds talks on bilateral interests


KUALA LUMPUR: Pakistan High Commissioner, Mohammad Nafees Zakaria, paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail last week.

The Deputy Prime Minister felicitated on the successful elections in Pakistan, extended best wishes to Prime Minister Imran Khan on winning the elections and assuming leadership of the country.  She welcomed the Prime Minister’s upcoming visit to Malaysia.

Welcoming cricket in Malaysia, she was pleased that Pakistan Women Cricket team played series of matches on Malaysian soil.

The High Commissioner thanked her and highlighted the importance Pakistan attaches to its relations with Malaysia. He said that the interaction at the leadership level during Prime Minister of Pakistan’s visit would provide necessary impetus and direction to the bilateral relations.

The two sides discussed the state of bilateral relations and stressed that the ties between the two brotherly Muslim countries could be further enhanced. They identified the sectors with potential and promise for a mutually beneficial cooperation such as oil & gas, telecommunications, education, halal products’ industry, tourism and trade as potential areas of cooperation.

They agreed that since both the countries had made significant progress in a variety of fields, they could benefit each other by sharing expertise. They also noted that the two countries could also cooperate with each other to reach out to the third countries’ markets.

The two sides expressed satisfaction at the close cooperation on multilateral forums. They noted the challenges being faced by the Muslim world and that the conflicts in the regions were adversely impacting progress and efforts to alleviate poverty. They agreed that the issues such as Palestine, Rohingyas and Kashmir needed to be amicably resolved.