ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and Afghanistan would discuss a host of issues including reconciliation, development and adherence to principles of non- intervention and non-interference by all regional countries during the two-day visit of Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir to Kabul starting today. According to the Foreign Office, Salman Bashir will visit Kabul from January 16 to 17 in continuation of engagements between the two countries on matters of shared interest and concern. Well-placed diplomatic sour-ces told TheNation on Saturday that both the countries would also finalise agenda of the trilateral summit of foreign ministers of Pakistan, Afghanistan and United States to be held in Washington next month. Meanwhile, talking to a seven-member US Senate delegation here on Saturday, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir underlined that global landscape was in a state of flux and it was necessary for Pakistan and the United States to work closely in order to be on the same page on issues of mutual concern and interest. He briefed the delegation about the efforts of Pakistan and the US to enhance their relationship. He also exchanged views on counter-terrorism and the regional situation with the delegates. He said that relations between Pakistan and the US had greatly improved in the last two years and now there was much more clarity about bilateral trajectory. The Strategic Dialogue had been upgraded to the ministerial level and was aimed at laying solid foundations for a long-term partnership. He said that Pakistan, which had suffered immensely from the long war in Afghanistan, needed sustained support by its friends, especially the US. In this regard, he urged the delegation to help expedite the disbursement of economic assistance under the Kerry-Lugar Act (KLA), reimbursement under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF), Reconstruction Opportunity Zone legislation, and implementation of the Enterprise Fund for Pakistan. This is the first US Senate delegation, headed by Senator Mitch McConnell, visiting Pakistan after the Congressional elections in November last year. Other members of the delegation are Senators Richard Burr, Lindsey Graham, Ron Johnson, Kelly Ayotte, Pat Toomey and Marco Rubio. US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter also attended the meeting. APP adds: Briefing the delegation, the Foreign Secretary said that Pakistan was a nation with great potential. The fact that 2.5 million people, who were displaced as a result of law enforcement operations in Swat and Malakand, had returned to their native lands within three months, spoke volumes of the countrys resilience. Pakistan was potentially a rich country and by encouraging public-private partnerships in key projects, the two countries could create win-win situations. He said that the recent floods had wreaked havoc causing unprecedented damage to the infrastructure and affecting close to 20 million people. Nevertheless, the people of Pakistan had been trying to overcome the destruction with dignity, creating new opportunities for development and progress, he added. The Foreign Secretary gave a detailed account of Pakistans efforts against extremism and terrorism and the successes achieved despite economic difficulties. Discussing the regional situation, the Foreign Secretary highlighted that Pakistan was committed to Afghanistan-led peace efforts, as well as to facilitate the reconciliation process in accordance with the contours defined by Afghanistan. On relations with India, Foreign Secretary Bashir underlined that Pakistan had always strived for normal relations with its eastern neighbour, expressing the hope that a comprehensive dialogue between the two countries would be resumed this year.