Press Release Regarding The Handing Over Ceremony Of The Modernization Of The Archives In The Center For Islamic Research, Abu Dis, Jerusalem , 20.02.2013
The Government of the Republic of Turkey donated to the Center for Heritage and Islamic Research of the State of Palestine fire alarm systems, necessary air-conditioning for the preservation of the archive materials, and furniture, and contributed to the extension of the physical capacity of the archives.
The project was conducted by Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) and costed 270,000 US Dollars in total.
The completion of the handing over of the contributions was celebrated with a ceremony that took place in Center for Heritage and Islamic Research, in Abu Dis-Jerusalem, yesterday (19 February) with the participation of H.E. Ambassador Şakir Özkan Torunlar, Consul General of Turkey in Jerusalem, H.E. Mahmoud Al-Habash, Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs of the State of Palestine.
During his speech Ambassador Torunlar emphasized that without writing the history of Jerusalem and Palestine neither the history of Islam, nor the history of Arabs could be written. These archives are also of utmost importance in accurate writing of the common history between Turkey and Palestine. Ambassador Torunlar also stressed that the Government of the Republic of Turkey will continue to cooperate with the State of Palestine in order to preserve our common heritage and culture.
Minister Habash welcomed the donation and expressed the gratitude of the Government of Palestine during the ceremony.
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