ISLAMABAD - Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tunisia, Hedi Ben Abbas, Thursday, called on Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf at the Prime Minister’s House and discussed ways to enhance cooperation between the two countries. Welcoming the Tunisian Minister of State, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf congratulated the government and people of Tunisia on their transition from dictatorship to democracy. The Prime Minister expressed his optimism that the Tunisians, being hard working, resilient and enlightened, will be able to surmount all challenges to make democracy successful in their country.The Prime Minister said that the people of Pakistan have also successfully struggled in ousting dictatorship and restoring democracy. He further said that Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto gave Pakistan its first constitution in 1973, which was passed with consensus and manifests the aspirations of the people of Pakistan.Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said that the present Pakistan People’s Party led coalition government with the support of all political parties has brought about a constitutional amendment to restore the constitution in its original form by removing all distortions and mutilations inserted by past dictators.The Prime Minister told the Tunisian Minister of State that Pakistan is ready to cooperate and share its experience so that democracy flourishes and take its roots in Tunisia. He emphasised the need for regular visits by Parliamentarians of the two brotherly countries to further strengthen relations.Raja Pervez Ashraf stressed that the two countries must expand and enhance bilateral trade and businessmen from both countries should undertake joint ventures as well as initiate joint projects.Tunisian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hedi Ben Abbas thanked the Prime Minister for the hospitality extended to him during his visit and briefed him on the situation in Tunisia. He said that Tunisia and Pakistan are bound in common bonds of religion, culture and traditions.He apprised the Prime Minister that he has had useful discussions in Pakistan. He expressed his government’s resolve to increase the volume of trade with Pakistan. Hedi Ben Abbas also extended invitation to Pakistani entrepreneurs to invest in his country. He hoped that the 8th JMC meeting in Islamabad would be instrumental in boosting relations and take them to new heights.Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf conveyed his regards and best wishes to President Moncef Marzouki and the people of Tunisia. He said that the people of Pakistan hold Tunisians close to their hearts and wish them progress and prosperity.Nawabzada Malik Amad Ahmad Khan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and Ambassador of Tunisia were also present during the meeting.