Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in the country for a one day state visit.
The plane carrying President Erdogan and the First Lady Emine Erdogan touched down at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA), at about 11: 30hrs.
ZANIS reports that President Edgar Lungu who was accompanied by the First Lady Esther Lungu was on hand to receive his visiting counterpart.
Also on hand to receive the visiting Head of State, was Turkish Ambassador to Zambia Sebnem Incesu, Cabinet Ministers, Service Chiefs and other senior government officials.
President Erdogan was accorded full military honours and a 21 gun salute by the 2nd Battalion of the Zambia Army.
The Turkish President is expected to lay wreaths at the Presidential Burial site, hold bilateral talks with his Zambian counterpart, and pay a courtesy call on First Republican President Dr. Kenneth Kaunda.
President Lungu will later in the day host a state banquet for his counterpart.
Meanwhile, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan has paid his last respects to former Heads of State at the Embassy Park in Lusaka.
Embassy Park is the Presidential Burial Site for Zambia’s Former Heads of State.
President Erdogan who is on a one day State visit following an invitation from his Zambian counterpart, was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Malanji, during the laying of wreaths this afternoon.
The Turkish Head of State is also expected to hold bilateral talks with President Edgar Lungu at State House, before proceeding to a State Banquet which has been prepared in his honour.
He is in Zambia in the company of his wife Emine Erdogan, alongside senior officials from that country.
Turkey and Zambia have shared good relations on the sidelines of enhancing trade in various sectors such as Education, and Energy.
The visiting Head of State is expected to leave the country at about 19:00 hours Zambian time.