Khawaja Asif calls on President of Tunisia Beji Caid Essebsi

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ISLAMABAD, Feb 16 (APP):Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif Friday called on President of the Republic of Tunisian, Beji Caid Essebsi.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif is currently on an official visit to Tunisia, led Pakistan’s delegation to the 9th Session of the Bilateral Joint Commission, a Foreign Office press release said.
The foreign minister discussed with President Essebsi the substantive decisions taken during the 9th Session of the Bilateral Joint Commission. These included signing of various bilateral cooperation agreements, early holding of the Joint Business Council meeting, as well as meeting of the Joint Working Groups on Tourism and Energy.
He, during the meeting also invited the President of Tunisia Essebsi to undertake an early visit to Pakistan.
The foreign minister dilated upon the commonalities of both countries in facing terrorism and a volatile neighbourhood. He briefed the president in detail regarding the Afghan situation and Indian atrocities in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
He thanked President Essebsi for affording the opportunity of meeting and for a very warm welcome to him and his delegation in Tunisia.
He underlined the close and cordial ties between the two countries marked by commonality of faith, history and culture.
He applauded the leadership role of President Essebsi in preservation and continuation of democratic values and economic development in Tunisia.
President Beji Caid Essebsi underlined that relations between Tunisia and Pakistan were not only special for both the governments, but also for the people of the two countries, who were bound in fraternal ties, friendship and brotherhood.
He stressed upon the importance of regular contacts and exchange of delegations including holding of the Joint Commission Meetings between both the countries to exchange views on the political developments of mutual interest, as well as expansion in the bilateral trade and investment.