Turkish aid agency renovates mosque, school in Chile

SANTIAGO – A Turkey’s development agency has renovated a primary school and a mosque in Chile’s capital Santiago.

The renovation work was instructed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Primary School during his visit to the Latin American country in 2016, Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) said in a statement.

The Andoulo news agency reported TIKA as saying that the update to the school included the replacement of classroom floors and window frames as well as refurbishments to the sports hall and the playground.

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Nearly 300 students attend the Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Primary School, which was opened in 1960, TIKA said.

Meanwhile, the renovation of As-Salam Mosque – the oldest in Chile, built in 1989 – took place by the agency.

The mosque’s exterior wall, dining hall, and ablution facilities underwent renovation, as well as its roof and landscaping.

A ceremony marking the completion of the renovation was attended by Turkey’s Ambassador to Santiago Gulin Dincer, Rahman Nurdun, who heads TIKA’s East and Southeast Asia, Pacific and Latin America Department, and Kemal Sufan, the head of the Muslim society in the region, along with mosque administrators and Muslim community leaders.