Islamabad/Kuala Lumpur, 3 January 2022 (TDI): The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, held a telephone conversation with Malaysian Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim. Both dignitaries discussed issues of common interest.
The Prime Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthening ties between the two countries, which are based on strong economic and trade cooperation. Shehbaz Sharif congratulated his counterpart on his election as Malaysia’s Prime Minister.
The two leaders were pleased with the momentum of Pakistani-Malaysian relations and agreed on the importance of regular high-level exchanges to strengthen bilateral dialogue and cooperation.
The Prime Minister emphasized Pakistan’s desire to develop a broad-based relationship with Malaysia, including robust political dialogue as well as trade and economic ties.
They also spoke about the devastation caused by climate change in Pakistan. Shehbaz invited Anwar Ibrahim to the upcoming International Conference on Climate-Resilient Pakistan. It will take place on April 25.
Sharif requested that the Malaysian delegation participate actively. Recalling the current flood catastrophe in Pakistan, Sharif praised the Malaysian government and people for their support of the flood-hit people of Pakistan.
During his turn, Anwar expressed his grief over the devastation caused by the unprecedented floods in Pakistan.
He also voiced dedicated support for steps to boost Pakistan’s response during the rehabilitation and repair phase of Pakistan’s floods caused by climate change.
The Prime Minister assured full participation on behalf of the Malaysian government in the upcoming conference.
Malaysia’s support during the flood
Malaysia’s government has donated $200,000 to Pakistan’s flood victims. The donation was directed toward the flood relief fund established by Pakistan’s Prime Minister for 2022.
The transfer took place through a local Affin Bank account. The Islamic Republic of Pakistan High Commission in Kuala Lumpur opened the account.
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Malaysian non-governmental and charitable organizations (NGOs) have collected $180,852.27 in goods to aid flood victims in Pakistan. The Guang Shan of Malaysia, Buddha’s Light International Association, and Yayasan Sin Chew are among those NGOs.
It is pertinent to note that the Malaysian Minister of Transport, Datuk Seri, officiated at a ceremony titled “Sending Love and Warmth to Pakistan” in Kuala Lumpur.