APP19-04 PUTRAJAYA: February 04 - Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing a joint press conference with Prime Minister of Malaysia YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad at Putrajaya Malaysia. APP

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia, Feb 04 (APP):Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said he would attend the next Kuala Lumpur Summit as the outcome of previous meet, cleared misconception about it of dividing the Muslim Ummah.

“Now it is evident that the KL summit was not to divide, but unite the Ummah. So, of course I would come,” the prime minister said at a joint press stakeout with his Malaysia counterpart Dr Mahathir Mohammed, at Putrajaya.

The prime minister was responding to a question by a Malaysian journalist in reference to
cancellation of his participation at the KL Summit in December 2019, citing reason to avoid
rift in Muslim world.

Kuala Lumpur Summit is the initiative of Dr Mahathir Mohammed with an objective to
address the challenges, confronting the Muslim countries.

Imran Khan said he was “sad for not attending the summit” which he earlier looked forward
to. “Unfortunately, our friends who are very close to Pakistan, felt that somehow the
conference was going to divide the Ummah and it was clearly a misconception,” he added.

Asked if skipping the KL Summit had an impact on ties with other Muslim states, “No,
it did not affect relations with other Muslim countries.”

Prime Minister Imran Khan said he felt that it was very important for the Muslim countries
to educate the western and other non-Muslim countries on misunderstandings about Islam
and spread the real message of Islam.

He said setting up a joint media among Muslim countries, on which the work was underway, would not only project the positive image of Islam, but would also develop content for the young generation about a great religion.

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir said he was committed to collaborate more closely on
issues affecting the Muslim Ummah.

He said he also shared with Imran Khan the outcome of Kuala Lumpur Summit 2019.