Mr Erdogan, accompanied by his wife Emine and a high-level delegation, received a warm welcome on his arrival.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif went to the Nur Khan Airbase along with his cabinet members and senior officials to receive him. The presence of first lady Kulsoom Nawaz, prime minister’s daughter Maryam Nawaz and his younger brother Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif at the airbase gave a personal touch to the reception.

Mr Erdogan’s first visit to Pakistan as president is taking place four months after he survived a botched coup. He responded to the coup by heavy-handed actions against the supporters of coup and has reportedly suspended, dismissed or detained at least 110,000 people, including soldiers, judges and teachers.