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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday arrived in Asuncion on a one-day visit to strengthen bilateral relations after the recent opening of the Turkish Embassy in the Paraguayan capital.

Erdogan, coming directly from the G20 summit, held on Friday and Saturday in Buenos Aires, was welcomed by Paraguayan Foreign Minister Luis Alberto Castiglioni at the Asuncion international airport.

Later, the Turkish leader is scheduled to meet his Paraguayan counterpart, Mario Abdo Benitez, at the Government Palace to discuss economic, trade and political matters.

After that meeting, the two leaders will preside at the signing of several bilateral agreements and make a joint appearance before the media, according to the President's Office.

Paraguay's aim is to increase trade between the two nations to $1 billion per year from its current $300 million, Castiglioni said earlier this week.

Erdogan's visit comes after Turkey opened its first permanent embassy in Paraguay in November. Paraguay's embassy in Ankara will be opened later this month.

Turkey announced the opening of its embassy in early September in support of Paraguay's decision to move its embassy in Israel back to Tel Aviv, thus reversing the decision by the former Horacio Cartes administration to shift the diplomatic seat to Jerusalem.

Also on Sunday, once Erdogan has concluded his visit, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will arrive in Asuncion to meet with Abdo Benitez and take part in an event with the Japanese community in the landlocked South American nation.

The two leaders will sign bilateral agreements and a joint declaration.