PM Imran Khan telephones Malaysian PM Mahathir. Prime Minister Imran Khan will not attend the upcoming Kuala Lumpur Summit, which was reported on Tuesday by the Malaysian Prime Minister’s Office.
The statement said yesterday (Dec 16) a call from Imran was received by Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad. “Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed regret that he could not attend the Kuala Lumpur Summit,” the statement said.
“Dr. Mahathir appreciates the request by Prime Minister Imran Khan to comment on his failure to attend the summit where the Pakistani leader was expected to speak and share his views on the Islamic world’s state of affairs.
“Dr. Mahathir would also like to correct some misconception as stated in Pakistan Today that Dr. Mahathir said that the KL Summit was intended as a forum to replace the Islamic Cooperation Organization,” the statement added.
The summit will not be attended by any official from Pakistan, according to sources within the Foreign Office.
The conference, attended by more than 400 Muslim leaders, academics, scholars, and thinkers from 52 countries, will begin on December 18 in Kuala Lumpur, while foreign leaders will meet on December 19 to explore new and workable solutions to the Muslim world’s problems.
It is claimed that during his trilateral meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in New York in September on the sidelines of the session of the UN General Assembly, Imran Khan had contributed to the concept of the summit. The driving force behind the new forum is Mahatir and Erdogan.
A day earlier, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Information and Broadcasting, told reporters that a decision on the involvement of Prime Minister Imran in the activity would be made on Wednesday (Dec. 18) after his return from the ongoing overseas trip to Bahrain and Switzerland.
“The priorities, national priorities, are linked to national narrative and national interest,” Dr. Awan explained, adding that the Prime Minister would consult with all stakeholders before taking a decision on this issue. She said the decision would also be taken in the light of her other responsibilities, adding that discussions on the subject have been going on within the government as of now.
The reconsideration was triggered by Saudi concerns, according to a diplomatic source.
Imran had traveled to Riyadh last Saturday to assuage the fears of the kingdom and reportedly told Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman that his participation in the case was not at the detriment of Saudi interests. Nonetheless, no justification has yet come forward from the government. News report on PM Imran Khan telephones Malaysian PM Mahathir.