Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) opened new facilities and monuments in six countries as part of its aid projects, at a ceremony held in Ankara on May 7.
The TIKA program “Same Signature in Different Geographies” announced that the projects were completed, and they were introduced at a ceremony with the participation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and presidents and ministers of the six countries involved via live broadcast.
The projects include a new bread factory in Kyrgyzstan, a new hospital in Pakistan, a new highway in Mongolia, a new mosque in Kosovo, a memorial in Myanmar, and a restored school in Palestine.
TIKA began restoring Turkish poet Mehmet Akif Ersoy mosque in 2014 which was established in 1861 in Kosovo, but was ruined and burned during the war in 1999.
Reaching the first written Turkish texts known in history - the Orkhon inscriptions, the 11 kilometers of Tonyukuk highway in Mongolia was completed, TIKA announced.
The Orkhon inscriptions discovered in 1889 were written in Old Turkic alphabet in early 8th century in the honour of two Turkic princes.
The restoration of the Nablus Resadiye girls school in Palestine which was established in 1911, was started in 2014 and completed. The school is ready for education with 12 classrooms, one playground, two computer labs and one kitchen.
A hospital in Pakistan named “Recep Tayyip Erdogan Hospital”, which has a capacity of 90 beds, was completed.
Bishkek Bread Factory was built with the capacity to produce 30,000 loaves of bread per day.
Honouring the memories of 222 Turkish martyrs of military and civil servants died in World War I, Turkish martyrs memorial was constructed in Myanmar by Turkey.
President Erdogan said that Turkey invested about $19 million in TIKA projects “to meet the needs of our brothers.”
“In the last 12 years, Turkey has delivered aid to 140 countries, in areas ranging from education to health,” said Erdogan.
Turkey has registered 1.7 million Syrian refugees in the country, while 2.2 million took refuge in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon according to the UN High Commission for Refugees.
“We are working to make Turkey into a country that hosts in its brothers, rather than closing its doors,” Erdogan said, adding that Turkey will continue with its aid projects.