ISLAMABAD, Mar 22 (APP):Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Malaysian counterpart Dr Mahathir Mohamad held one-on-one meeting here at the PM House on Friday, focusing on further strengthening relations between the two countries.

The two leaders emphasized on taking effective measures to cement relations at people-to-people level, besides encouraging their businessmen to initiate joint ventures.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan and Malaysia enjoyed brotherly relationship and stood by each other in difficult times.

He termed Dr Mahathir Mohamad an inspirational personality whose vision made Malaysia a developed and modern country.

Later, the two leaders led their sides at the delegations-level talks, which encompassed diverse areas that include cooperation in trade, automobiles, agriculture, tourism and food processing, particularly Halal meat.

Pakistani delegation included Finance Minister Asad Umer, Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, PM’s Adviser on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, PM’s Special Assistant for Overseas Pakistanis Zulfiqar Bukhari and Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua.

Minister for Finance Asad Umar later told reporters that the delegation-level talks covered all areas of bilateral importance, particularly combating corruption in the society to avoid losses to national economies.

He said Dr Mahathir also gifted a book to Prime Minister Imran Khan on fighting corruption as the subject was of interest to both the leaders.

Asad Umar said the meeting stressed fast implementation of the already signed agreement on Pakistan’s export of anti-tank missile to Malaysia.

He said Malaysia agreed to Pakistan’s request of showcasing its JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft at the upcoming Aviation Expo in Malaysia.

He said Pakistan expressed interest to collaborate with Malaysian tourist operators in view of their international outreach and expertise.