ISLAMABAD - The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tunisia and leader of Tunisian delegation for 8th session Pak-Tunisia Joint Commission   Hedi Ben Abbes called on Federal Minister of Commerce Makhdoom Amin Fahim Thursday and discussed matter pertaining to bilateral relations.

The Federal Minister said that relations between Pakistan and Tunisia were important and they should meet regularly to enhance ties and trade. He said that though we have good trade relations but there is still more scope.

The trade should not be restricted to a few subjects. The Federal Minister also referred to high-level exchanges between both countries and said that they are very useful in creating better understanding between governments and people of Pakistan and Tunisia.

Minister of State said that future relations between Pakistan and Tunisia should be based on market access and trade especially in context of Tunisia acting as a door way to African market for Pakistani products.  The Minister said that the two countries were like brothers and had a lot of common elements like religion, social and cultural values. Steps should be taken to increase the volume of trade which is currently very low. He emphasised that Ministry of Commerce of both countries should have close context.

Hedi Ben Abbes thanked Minister for support and help extended to set up trade in Tunisia. He also explored the option of PTA’s so that more and more investors could come. He stressed that geographical location of Tunisia because of its access to African market.  

APP adds:  Amin Fahim has stressed the need for stregthening Pakistan-Mauritius relations, particularly trade ties.

Talking to Deputy High Commissioner of Mauritius, D Prabhakar Gokulsing, who called on him here, the minister said that relations between the two countries were important and urged that both the sides should have regular meeting to boost trade.

He said that although both the countries were enjoying good trade relations but there is still more scope which is needed to be tapped and observed that trade should not be restricted to a few subjects.

On the occasion, Prabhakar Gokulsing said that building a relationship based on mutual respects was a fundamental need. He said that Mauritius provides good opportunities to investors as about one million tourists visit Mauritius every year, making the country a potential market.

Meanwhile, Ambassador of Turkmenistan Atadjan Movlamov called on Amin Fahim and discussed matters pertaining to bilateral relations.

The Federal Minister said that relations between Pakistan and Turkmenistan were important and there should be regular meetings to enhance trade. “Though “we have good trade relations but there is still more scop,”he said. He added the meeting would help boost Pak-Turkmen trade ties.