LAHORE: Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who arrived in Lahore on a two -day official visit to Pakistan on Monday morning, witnessed a cultural show at Aitchison College.
He was accompanied by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, and they were received by the Punjab governor, federal and provincial ministers and senior government officers at the college. A contingent of Rangers presented guard of honour to the guests. The National Anthems of the two countries were played on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the Turkish prime minister highly appreciated the performance of Shahbaz Sharif in Punjab and added that after the completion of the metro bus project, Lahore had become a modern and developed city.
He said that such projects should also be launched in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Erdogan said Shahbaz was working with determination and commitment.
Meanwhile, Erdogan and Shahbaz Sharif, while heading to Hazoori Bagh, came out of their car near Azadi Chowk and mingled with the people. The citizens expressed their joy while meeting the Turkish premier and the Punjab CM and raised slogans of Pak-Turk friendship.
The people expressed their deep love for Erdogan and Shahbaz Sharif. Both the leaders talked to the people for several minutes. The people termed the metro bus project a glorious example of Pak-Turk friendship. Erdogan was highly impressed with the love shown by the people and said that he would never forget the love and affection received in Lahore.
Separately, addressing the Pak-Turk Business Forum at a local hotel, Shahbaz said that Turkey had become a great economic power of the world and its economic development was a result of the dynamic leadership and struggle of Turk leader Tayyip Erdogan.
He said that historic cultural and brotherly relations existed between Pakistan and Turkey and people of both the countries were bound together in strong ties of brotherhood.
He said that under the charismatic leadership of Tayyip, Turkey had become a role model from Casablanca to Kuala Lumpur.
He praised Turkey for extending a helping hand to Pakistan in the time of worst floods that hit Pakistan back in 2010.
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