Pakistan, Tunisia FMs agree to maintain high level exchanges to advance cooperation

ISLAMABAD, Mar 21 (APP): Pakistan and Tunisia Monday agreed to maintain regular, high-level exchanges with a view to further advancing bilateral cooperation in the economic, trade and security spheres.

The bilateral ties were discussed in a meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his Tunisian counterpart Othman Jerandi on the margins of the 48th OIC Council of Foreign Ministers here.

The two foreign ministers emphasized the importance of advancing negotiations on the proposed Pakistan-Tunisia Preferential Trade Agreement.

Foreign Minister Qureshi underscored that Pakistan attached importance to its longstanding and brotherly ties with Tunisia that were based on common interests and shared values.

He appreciated Tunisia’s support for Prime Minister Imran Khan’s initiative on countering Islamophobia.

The two foreign ministers reviewed the progress made in various areas of bilateral cooperation since the last session of the Bilateral Political Consultations held in March 2021.

Foreign Minister Qureshi and Foreign Minister Jerandi also agreed to convene the 10th Session of the Pakistan-Tunisia Joint Commission during the second half of 2022.

Recalling the history of close coordination between the two countries on international forums, Foreign Minister Qureshi appreciated Tunisia’s role in promoting regional peace and security as well its principled stance on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute at the UN and the OIC.