Pakistan and Malaysia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on partial abolition on visas.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Malaysian Home Minister Tan Sri Dato Haji Muhyiddin signed the MoU in the presence of Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohammad.
PM Imran Khan is on a two-day official visit to Malaysia where he had a meeting with his counterpart following which the said MoU came about.
The Partial Visa Abolishment Agreement (PVAA) will ‘reinforce the positive momentum in the bilateral relationship by broadening contact at the officials’ level between the two countries.’
Apart from this document, the two Muslim countries have signed several MoUs to foster bilateral relations and increase mutual cooperation.
“FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Malaysian Home Minister Tan Sri Dato Haji Muhyiddin signed the MoU on Partial Abolition on Visa Requirement, in the presence of PM Imran Khan and Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad,” stated Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr. Mohammad Faisal in a tweet.
According to a Malaysian website, the partial visa abolition for travel is for diplomatic and official passport holders.
Both countries agreed to diversify their realms of cooperation and agreed to identify new vistas for future cooperation.
PM Imran Khan also addressed a joint conference in Kuala Lumpur with his Malaysian counterpart. He said that Pakistan desires to learn from Malaysia’s experience of turning around trade, economy, and development in other sectors.
Both premiers emphasized the need for exchange of visits at all levels to expand the depth of bilateral relations between the two countries and explore the fields of commerce and business, especially in agro products, palm oil, food retail, halal products, energy, automotive products, telecommunication, and science and technology.
Khan said that Pakistan has a lot of untapped potential in its tourism sector and it wants to develop this sector on the Malaysian model.
He invited the Malaysian PM to attend the 23rd March ceremony in Pakistan while informing him that he will be the guest of honor.