Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said that Turkey, Malaysia and Pakistan can pave the way forward for development in the Muslim world with an era of renaissance.
“The Islamic world needs a renaissance,” said Huseyin Bagci, an expert in International relations at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Anadolu Agency reported.
“And Prime Minister Mahathir made a right point that these countries at least start new projects which make Muslim world compatible and competitive in Islamic sciences, technology, defense, etc.,” Bagci said, according to Anadolu Agency.
The Malaysian premier arrived in the Turkish capital Ankara on Wednesday evening to kick off his four-day official visit.
Corroborating words of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that solidarity among Turkey, Malaysia and Pakistan “is necessary for the unity of the Islamic world”, Mahathir told reporters at a joint news conference Thursday that it is crucial to relieve the Muslim Ummah from being subjugated by others.
“That is why I proposed that three Muslim countries should work together. At least these three [Turkey, Malaysia and Pakistan]. So that we can speak with a louder voice in terms of many areas; defense, for example,” the Malaysian premier said.