Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who had earlier accepted an invitation from Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, canceled his visit after concerns from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi confirmed on Tuesday.
The Middle East Eye (MEE) news portal reported on the same day that Khan had made the last-minute decision after being summoned to Riyadh for talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Khan paid a daylong visit to Riyadh earlier this week in a bid to assuage the kingdom's worries about the summit. However, intense pressure finally compelled Pakistan to skip the conference, reports said.
Khan on Tuesday met Erdogan and took him into confidence over his decision to not attend the Malaysia summit, local media reported, citing foreign ministry sources.