Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs will build the Sultan Abdulhamid II Mosque in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa following the steps of the late Ottoman ruler, Sultan Abdulhamid II, to strengthen relations with the Muslim African country.
The mosque is to be located near the Presidential Palace in the capital of the country and will feature Ottoman architectural details.
The groundbreaking ceremony of the mosque was attended by Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh, Prime Minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed , two ministers of the Djiboutian government, Turkey’s ambassador to Djibouti Hasan Yavuz, and the deputy president of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs.
Djibouti President Guelleh said, during the ceremony, that he is pleased that Turkey has been closely involved with the region. “Turkey has good relations not only with Djibouti but also with the whole African continent. Djibouti and Turkey have very good relations,” he added.
This will be the first mosque to be built in the name of an Ottoman Sultan in Africa since the Ottoman era.
The mosque will be built by Turkish engineering firms Siyah Kalem and Kazova Consortium.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus visited Djibouti in January 2015. He was greeted by a grandson of the last Ottoman governor, who showed him an Ottoman decree dating back to 1881 and an Ottoman medal.
Djibouti, a predominantly Muslim country, has around 810,000 residents according to 2014 estimates.