ISLAMABAD, May 20: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was accorded a very warm welcome upon his five-day official visit to Pakistan on Sunday.
The foreign dignitary in the company of a high level delegation will sign five important pacts with his counterpart Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, besides, holding top significant meeting with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari.
He is paying a visit as gesture of reciprocation to an invitation by Prime Minister Gilani.
His visit is seen by many diplomatic observers with keen interest, as Turkey is also a member of the NATO, against whose forces battling insurgents in Afghanistan, Pakistani government has imposed a six-month old blockage of supply routes from its soil, in retaliation to November 26 incident of Salala check post.
Mr Erdogan will also address a session of Pakistan parliament, which is regarded as a great honour for heads of states. Pakistan premier Gilani in way back to December 2010 had already addressed the Turkish Parliament.
Erdogan would also discuss issues of mutual interest with political leaders of all shades during his stay in Pakistan.
Gilani will host a dinner in his honour and according to the Prime Minister’s House, invitations have been sent to PML-N chief, PTI chairman , Jammat I Islami Syed Munawar Hassan, JUI-F Maulana Fazlu Rehman and other political stalwarts.
Turkey being regarded as one of the significant Muslim country and friend of Pakistan, had won accolades from Muslim countries, for its blunt refusal to allow its air bases for carrying out NATO aerial missions inside Iraq and Afghanistan.
The government of Turkey has been actively cooperating and executing vital development projects with Pakistan.