KUALA LUMPUR – Pakistan and Malaysia on Friday signed an agreement on the partial abolition of visa for travel between the two countries amid Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit.

In a statement, the Malaysian foreign ministry said the two Prime Ministers Mahathir Muhammad and Imran Khan witnessed the signing ceremony after talks in Kuala Lumpur.

“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,” Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal tweeted.

The agreement partially abolished the visa requirement for diplomatic and official passport holders, according to Malaysian media.

The deal will reinforce the positive momentum in the bilateral relationship by broadening contact at the officials’ level between the two countries, said a joint statement.

Earlier, the two countries agreed to further strengthen cooperation in diverse fields and said both sides will highlight new areas for future collaboration.

Pakistan prime minister and his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad held a joint press conference in Putrajaya, vowing to boost bilateral ties and cooperation in various fields.

Pakistan’s prime minister said that he believes both countries are facing the same challenges in terms of corruption and debts.

Telling main reason behind his first official visit to Malaysian, Khan said that he wanted to come to the country out of admiration for PM Mahathir.

“You are a statesman who transformed his country and we have followed your country’s progress since when you came into office”, he said.

“We want to learn from your experience, how you transformed your economy and developed it,” he said.

PM Imran also invited Mohamad to visit Pakistan as chief guest on the occasion of Pakistan Day falling on 23rd March next year.

Addressing the presser, the Malaysian premier said that common issues like privatisation, foreign direct investment (FDI), tourism and food were discussed in the meeting.

Mohamad said that he had been invited to visit Pakistan on March 23, 2019 as chief guest to join the celebrations of country’s Pakistan Day.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday reached Kuala Lumpur on a two-day official visit of Malaysia.

The Malaysian authorities rolled out the red carpet for the Pakistani premier as he arrived in the Malaysian capital with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry and Adviser on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood.