20 June 2014 Friday

Sudanese and Turkish officials on Thursday attended the reopening of several Ottoman-era historical sites in northeastern Sudan’s port city of Suakin after they were renovated by the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA).

“These buildings are witnesses to the brotherhood and cordial ties inherited by our ancestors, who lived here together hundreds of years ago,” Turkish Ambassador in Khartoum Jamal-al-Eddin Aiden said at a ceremony held to mark the occasion.

“This cordiality and history encouraged several Turkish investors to come here and take the Sudanese nationality; now they live here as in their homeland,” he added.

The $9-million renovation project included a massive facelift for Suakin’s Al-Hanafi Mosque, Al-Shafei Mosque and an old customs building, all of which date to the Ottoman period.

Suakin, one of the oldest seaports in Africa, used to be used by African Muslim on pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

The reopening ceremony was also attended by crewmen from the Turkish Maritime Task Group (TMTG) Barbaros, currently on a visit to Sudan.

Aiden lauded TIKA’s efforts to renovate Sudanese historical sites, saying the policy reflected Turkey’s keenness to bolster cultural ties with Sudan.

He also said his embassy was encouraging Turkish investors to launch projects in Sudan’s northeastern Red Sea State.

During the ceremony, TMTG crewmen distributed educational and medical equipment as a gift to city residents. The world-renowned Ottoman band Mehter, meanwhile, gave a performance on the sidelines of the event.

Source: World Bulletin.

Link: http://www.worldbulletin.net/haber/139267/renovated-ottoman-era-sites-open-in-sudans-suakin.