TDN World Desk: Malaysia is to host Kuala Lumpur Summit, 2019 next month. Some 450 leaders and thinkers from the Muslim world will attend the event.

On Friday Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said that four countries including Turkey will be playing a pioneering role in the 2019 Kuala Lumpur Summit.

Dignitaries attending the KL Summit would include Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Mahathir said. The Malaysian Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali and Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will also take part in the summit, to be held from December 18 to 21.

Turkey, Pakistan, Qatar, Indonesia and Malaysia are the key countries of the summit as they share similar views and concerns over Muslim issues.

Mahathir Mohamad said that upcoming Kuala Lumpur summit will be an alternative to Muslim bloc Organization of the Islamic Cooperation and could grow into a larger initiative in the future.

Speaking to New Straits Times, Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid, President of Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organisation, said the KL Summit next month must raise the issues of the oppressed Rohingyas, Kashmiris and Uyghur Muslims.

“The Rohingya suffered eviction, mass murder and rapes. The Uyghur are facing denial of religious rights and incarceration in concentration camps, while the Kashmiris are under lockdown by almost 1 million India troops for more than 3 months,” said Azmi.

”We hope that the KL summit will be successfull in charting the cause for unity of the ummah and the rebuilding of the economic standing and development of the Muslims,” he said.