Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan with his wife, Emine Erdogan, arrives at KLIA, welcomed by Foreign Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin (right) and Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan (left).
SEPANG: Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived at the Bunga Raya Complex, Kuala Lumpur International Airport, here, at about 8pm Thursday for a two-day official visit to Malaysia.
He was accompanied by his wife Emine Erdogan and a 97-member delegation including the Turkish deputy prime minister, European Union affairs minister, economic minister, energy and environment minister, and youth and sports minister.
They were welcomed on arrival by the host country's Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin and Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan.
The visit is at the invitation of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and is part of Erdogan's visit to Asia, which includes Japan and Singapore.
It is also in conjunction with the 50th year anniversary of Malaysia-Turkey relations which were established in 1964.
Erdogan is scheduled to attend the official welcoming ceremony at Perdana Putra in Putrajaya Friday, followed by a closed-door meeting with Najib before both leaders lead their respective delegations at a bilateral meeting.
Najib and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor will host the official dinner in honour of Erdogan and Emine at Seri Perdana.
The Turkish prime minister is also scheduled to deliver a lecture on "Transforming Asia Pacific and Turkey" as part of the Tun Abdul Razak lecture series, organised by the Transformation Research Foundation and Razak School of Government.
Erdogan is also to receive an honorary doctorate in management from the International Islamic University, Malaysia. - Bernama