ISLAMABAD, March 22 (Xinhua) -- Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad arrived in Pakistan Thursday evening on a three-day visit for talks on bilateral matters with focuses on economic cooperation, officials said.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan welcomed Mahathir on his arrival. Mahathir is accompanied by a delegation of senior officials and businessmen.

The two prime ministers will hold one-on-one meetings followed by delegation level talks.

During his stay in Islamabad, Mahathir would be the Guest of Honor at the Pakistan Republic Day Parade on March 23 in Islamabad.

Mahathir is expected to call on Pakistani President Arif Alvi, according to the Foreign Ministry here.

Khan and Mahathir will also speak at a round table business and industry meeting on possible investment from Malaysia to Pakistan's automobile and telecommunication sectors.

Khan visited Malaysia in November last year.

"Prime Minister Mahathir's visit would further cement the existing brotherly and friendly relations between the two countries. The focus of the interest is on enhancing economic, trade, investment, and defense ties, for the mutual benefit of the peoples of the two countries," a Pakistani Foreign Ministry statement said.