Islamabad (APP): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has arrived Dushanbe, Tajikistan today for a 2-day official visit to at the invitation of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, said a press release issued by the premier's media wing.

According to details, a high-level delegation, including Water and Power Minister Khawaja Asif, Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz and Commerce Minister Khurram Dastagir will also accompanied the premier.

The delegation also includes officials of the National Highway Authority.

According to the press release, the visit to Tajikistan is reflective of the premier's vision to strengthen Pakistan's relations with neighbouring and regional countries and further increase regional connectivity.

At Dushanbe, the leaders of the two countries will discuss bilateral relations, economic cooperation, including trade and investment, energy cooperation and regional connectivity.

They will also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest, with particular attention to Pakistan's policy of a peaceful neighbourhood.

A joint declaration entitled "Road towards strategic partnership for regional solidarity" will be signed during the visit.

A meeting of Joint Business Council (JBC) will also coincide with the visit of the Prime Minister. The JBC will consider steps to enhance bilateral trade and commercial ties.

Tajikistan is also hosting a Quadrilateral Summit of CASA-1000 member states, namely; Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Tajikistan. The project aims at developing energy corridor and land connectivity between Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. It will also provide electricity produced in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Pakistan and Tajikistan enjoy close and cooperative relations, which are underpinned by commonalities of history, culture and faith. These ties are characterised by mutual respect, shared perceptions and common desire to promote peace, stability and development in the region.

The two countries also share common views on major regional and international issues and cooperate closely in the regional and multilateral forums.

Pakistan was among the first few countries that recognised the independence of Tajikistan, established diplomatic relations and opened a resident mission in Dushanbe.

A Trilateral Summit between Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan is also scheduled to be held on the sidelines of the visit for discussions on regional topics of mutual interest.