Prime Minister Imran Khan has been invited to visit Malaysia on February 3-4 by the Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad according to the Prime Minister’s Office.
This was announced via a tweet made by the Prime Minister’s Office official Twitter handle which read:
On the invitation of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister Imran Khan is visiting Malaysia on 3-4 February 2020. He will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including Cabinet members and senior officials.
According to the tweet, he will be accompanied by other government officials as well on this visit.
A a few follow up tweets were made discussing the purpose of the visit to Malaysia.
According to the PM Office, PM Imran is also going to address the Institute of Strategic and International Studies in Malaysia.
This will be the second visit by PM Imran to Malaysia since taking office back in 2018.
An earlier visit in December of last year was cancelled by the PM Imran where he was expected to attend the Kaula Lumpur Summit where important Muslim leaders from different countries were going to discuss challenges faced by the Muslim community.
Many sources said that the reason for the cancellation of that visit to Malaysia in December was pressure by Saudi Arabia.
These sources said that Saudi Arabia feared being undermined at the summit which was being attended by the Turkish and Iranian President as well.
Saudi Arabia was concerned over the a statement that was made by the Malaysian Prime Minister where he said that they would form a new platform to replace the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation because it had failed to deliver.