Kuala Lumpur Summit 2019: Leaders and senior representatives of some 20 Muslim countries arrived in the Malaysian capital on Wednesday to discuss issues of concern to Muslims around the world.
An agenda for the Kuala Lumpur Summit 2019 has not been published, but it may address long-standing disputes in the Kashmir region, the Middle East, conflicts in Syria and Yemen, the plight of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar, and growing anger at China’s Uygur Muslim camps in Xinjiang, which will undoubtedly anger Beijing, as well as ways to Combating Islamophobia in the world.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will give their views during the four-day summit, which begins on Wednesday with a welcome dinner and will conclude on Saturday.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who was one of the two main drivers for holding the Kuala Lumpur Summit 2019 with Mahathir and Erdogan, made a decision at the last minute not to attend. The summit will be held in the presence of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the Emir of Qatar.
“Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who was one of the two main drivers for holding the Kuala Lumpur Summit 2019 with Mahathir and Erdogan”
According to the official Saudi Press Agency, a phone call took place between Mahathir and Saudi King Salman on Tuesday, during which the King affirmed that these issues should be discussed through the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
A Saudi source said that the Kingdom has received an invitation to attend but will not attend unless the summit is held under the auspices of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
Pakistan participant Abdullah Ali said although his country’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan, was not present at the conference, he still held high hopes that the assembly could formulate the best solution for the prosperity of Muslims worldwide.
He stressed that all parties should always support any conference that could benefit the public, especially Muslims, even if the head of a particular country was not present at any of the meetings.
“I have high hopes for the KL Summit 2019. I always look forward, this conference is an attempt by the Islamic State to lead the world and address any issues facing the Muslim world”.
“I also hope other countries, including Pakistan, will be involved in making every resolution reached”.
“I do not believe in any party’s comments that this meeting is a new bloc of the Islamic State coalition. My view is that any initiative towards good should be supported, regardless of the country from the East or the West”.
Nigerian participant Muhammad Mustafa Ishaq said this year’s KL Summit 2019 was a timely one when Muslims were confronted with issues of Islamophobia, economics and poverty that needed a complete and effective solution.
He also praised the conference this time for giving slots to young people through the KL Summit 2019 (Youth) to share ideas in an effort to contribute towards mutual prosperity among Muslim countries.
“The Islamic world is struggling with many issues, many Muslim countries fall into conflict zones, poverty, Islamophobia, economic problems and so on.
A representative of the Myanmar Rohingya Ethnic Human Rights Organization of Malaysia (MERHROM), Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani, said the KL Summit 2019 was the best ground for him to announce the tragedy facing the Rohingya community in Rakhine, Myanmar.
He said the stage would be attended by many leaders and representatives of the Islamic State and would be used best to explain facts such as history, oppression and genocide of Rohingya ethnic groups in Myanmar.
A senior official of Bernama, Malaysian National News Agency informed WNObserver that “Dr Mahathir received a call from Imran Khan, a day before the summit has expressed regret for not being able to attend the KL Summit 2019″.
“Dr Mahathir appreciates Prime Minister Imran Khan’s call to inform of his inability to attend the summit where the Pakistani leader was expected to speak and share his thoughts on the state of affairs of the Islamic world”, the official said.