ISLAMABAD: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived landed in Islamabad on a two-day visit

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Kulsoom Nawaz and Maryam NAwaz Sharif greeted the president with a warm welcome at Islamabad’s Nur Khan Air Base.

Roads of Islamabad were decorated with colorful banners, portraits of the Turkish President and flags of Pakistan and Turkey to welcome the visiting dignitary.

Erdogan appeared with his wife Emine and a high-level entourage, including Turkish ministers and senior officials, as well as a large business delegation, and will conduct meetings with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Mamnoon Hussain on the bilateral, regional and international issues, a handout issued by Pakistan’s foreign ministry said.

The Turkish president is also scheduled to hold a joint session of parliament, which the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has confirmed it won’t attend.

The foreign ministry handout said Pakistan and Turkey are bound by “an exemplary relationship characterised by warmth, cordiality and mutual trust”.

“There are embedded deep in history, common faith, cultural and linguistic affinities and a sense of common destiny. Frequent exchanges at the leadership and ministerial levels and growing cooperation in diverse fields are the hallmarks of the unique bonds between Pakistan and Turkey,” it said.

“Both sides are working to give powerful thrust to bilateral trade, investment and commercial cooperation as part of the efforts to build a robust economic partnership.”

It pointed out that Turkey has “steadfastly supported the people of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, in their just struggle for the right to self-determination in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions.”

Moreover, President Mamnoon will also hold a banquet in honour of President Erdogan and his entourage. The Turkish president will also visit Lahore, where PM Nawaz will host a banquet in his honour at the Shahi Fort.