ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari has summoned a joint sitting of the parliament on May 21 to be addressed by the Turkish prime minister.
The Turkish premier, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will arrive in Pakistan on May 20 for a three-day official visit to the country on the invitation of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. The president has summoned the joint-session on the advice of the prime minister.
Erdogan will be accompanied by the first lady and a high-powered delegation on the three-day trip. The Turkish PM will also co-chair the second High-Level Cooperation Council meeting with PM Gilani.
PM Gilani was also invited to address the Turkish parliament during his last visit to Turkey in December 2010 – an honour usually reserved for the heads of the states.-
Meanwhile, a high level meeting chaired by speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Miraz finalised security arrangements for the joint session of the parliament. It was decided that special cards would be issued to guests for attending the joint session of the parliament.
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