KABUL (BNA): In a testament to the enduring friendship between Turkey and Afghanistan, Turkish Ambassador Cenk Ünal has announced the construction of a unique museum in Herat province.
This initiative was discussed during a meeting with Mawlavi Ahmadullah Muttaqi, the director of information and culture for Herat province.
Ambassador Ünal highlighted the deep-rooted historical, religious, and cultural ties between the two nations.
The museum is part of Ankara’s broader plan to fortify these connections through various cultural and construction projects in Herat province.
Turkey’s commitment to cultural preservation in Herat is evident in its ongoing projects, which include the construction of an ablution room for the Herat Jamia Mosque, the Maulana Symposium, the Dar al-Funun Exhibition, the Behzad Gallery, and the Ali Sher Navayee Library.
Looking ahead to 2024, plans are in place to implement further initiatives such as the construction of the underground mosque, Shahzada Takht, handicraft factories to promote art, the printing of Nastaliq books, and the reconstruction of the library.
Mawlavi Ahmadullah Muttaqi expressed gratitude for the efforts of the Tika Turkish office in Herat, particularly in the restoration of historical sites.
He noted that Herat is home to over 850 historical lakes, some dating back thousands of years.
In light of the recent earthquake damage to some of Herat’s historical buildings, Muttaqi has requested Turkey’s assistance in their restoration.