LAHORE - President Republic of Turkey Abdullah Gul has said people of Lahore have won the hearts of visitors from Turkey by giving them a rousing welcome. He also thanked Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif for according them such a grand welcome. He said Turkey and Pakistan have strong historical and cultural ties and people of the two countries have deep affiliation with each other. He said the warm welcome they received in the City has added to the already existing friendly sentiments for Pakistan. Meanwhile the Turkish president while addressing a business forum in the City praised Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif as a robust and dynamic leader and that meeting him was his pleasure.