KUALA LUMPUR: Fifty-two countries have confirmed their participation in the 2019 Kuala Lumpur Summit to seek solutions to problems afflecting the Muslim world.
Summit co-secretary general Samsudin Osman said more than 400 participants, including at least 250 from abroad, have signed up for the event to be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) from Dec 18 to 21.
In an interview on the “Assalamualaikum” programme produced by TV Alhijrah, the official broadcaster for the conference, Samsudin said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan were expected to join Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the summit.
The objectives of the event include finding new and workable solutions for problems afflicting the Muslim world, and contributing towards improving the state of affairs of Muslims and Muslim nations.
The summit also seeks to form a network among Islamic leaders, intellectuals, scholars and thinkers from around the world, and to revive the Islamic civilisation.
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah is scheduled to open the event.
Samsudin said Mahathir, the summit chairman, had engaged Muslim intellectuals, scholars and thinkers on ways to overcome problems affecting the Muslim world even when he was outside the government.
It was from these interactions, he said, that Mahathir saw the need to convene a gathering such as the KL Summit.