Muslim 5: Pakistan Supports Dr. Mahathir’s Kuala Lumpur Summit

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi attended the ministerial-level meeting of the Kuala Lumpur Summit, held in Doha, and reiterated Pakistan's support for Malaysian Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir's strategic vision for collaborations within the Muslim World.

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Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, on Tuesday, said that Pakistan stands in full support of the Kuala Lumpur Summit, an initiative launched by Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohammad to bring together five Muslim countries to collaborate on socio-economic development.

Addressing the second Ministerial meeting of the Kuala Lumpur Summit, held in Doha, Foreign Minister Qureshi said that the challenges of climate change, terrorism, governance, development and the surge in Islamaphobia warrant a comprehensive and integrated response.

Kuala Lumpur Summit

The Ministerial meeting held in Doha comprised representatives from Pakistan, Qatar, Turkey, Indonesia and the host, Malaysia. The main summit is scheduled to be hosted by Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, from December 18 to 21.

The summit will be focused on seven areas of consultation, including development and sovereignty, justice and freedom, culture and identity, integrity and good governance, peace, security and defense, trade and investment, and technology and internet governance.

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Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi observed that the challenges of globalization have encouraged the erosion of cultural norms and civilizations, and it is essential for the Muslim world to carve out a balanced path. He said, “We must not only make sure that we are not left behind but are able to preserve our unique civilizational identity, cultural personality, and national sovereignty.”

Qureshi observed that Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Qatar collectively account for around 50% of the total GDP, 37% each of the population and natural gas production, and 18% of the total geographical area of the Muslim world.

The Foreign Minister said, “We are working on existing proposals for cooperation within the KL Summit framework and have also proposed cooperation in the fields of trade, tourism, Islamic banking, food Security, higher education, science & technology, and women empowerment.”

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Foreign Minister’s Remarks on the Second KL Summit Ministerial Meeting Doha, Qatar
3rd December 2019 Excellencies,
Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Asslam-o-Alaikum and a very good afternoon, I am honored to join all the colleagues in this beautiful city of Doha.
We are grateful to Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar, for the gracious hospitality that is Qatar’s hallmark. This gathering provides us a welcome opportunity to further deliberate on the areas of mutual collaboration and cooperation before the KL Summit.
Excellencies,
The first informal Ministerial consultations on the KL Summit, held on 4-5 November in Kuala Lumpur, were useful in bringing clarity on the KL Summit process and learning about each country’s expectations and suggestions. Pakistan shared a non-paper on possible areas of cooperation in this context. We are working on existing proposals for coopertaion within the KL Summit framework and have also proposed coopertaion in the fields of trade, tourism, Islamic banking, food Security, higher education, science & technology, and women empowerment. Excellencies,
Today, the world is facing enormous challenges, the scope and extent of which is beyond the capacity of single countries to deal with. Challenges of governance, development, climate change, terrorism, and rising Islamophobia, warrant an integrated and comprehensive response. I hope the KL Summit will help us craft a way of effectively responding to these formidable challenges. In the 21st century, where the juggernaut of globalization is causing a civilizational and cultural erosion, it is imperative for the Muslim world to tread a cautious path. We must not only make sure that we are not left behind but are also able to preserve our unique civilizational identity, cultural personality and national sovereignty. Excellencies, Pakistan has deep historical, cultural and religious connections with the KL Summit countries. We look forward to further deepening these links by utilizing this vital platform. Continued…

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He observed that there is immense potential for collective prosperity and development for the countries located at close proximity to the strategic maritime points in the world, including the Gulf of Oman, the Bosphorus, Strait of Hormuz and the Strait of Malacca.

The Foreign Minister said, “We must have the requisite political and diplomatic space to enhance beneficial cooperation among us for socioeconomic development.” Observing the future course of the ‘Perdana Dialogue for Civilization’, Qureshi stressed on engaging with the perspectives of partners within and outside the Muslim world.

No Challenge to Existing Organizations

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi reiterated Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohammad’s stance that the Muslim countries do not intend to challenge any existing organization or directing our cooperation against any third party.”

He said that the Perdana Dialogue would not only serve as a think-tank or a platform for discussions, but it would also allow countries to undertake projects for mutually beneficial collaboration.

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The Foreign Minister stressed that sharing resources, knowledge, and experiences will aid the participating nations in achieving their goals of cultural and socio-economic development, powered by technological innovation in a peaceful environment.

He said, “We have to create a knowledge-seeking culture for our youth, who are going to be the future leaders, at all levels.”

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