Turkey asks Syria help to speed up restoration of Ottoman-era buildings

Suleymaniye complex is one of the most important of these historical sites going through restoration.

Turkey asks Syria help to speed up restoration of Ottoman-era buildings

Turkey's culture & tourism minister asked for support from Syrian prime minister to add momentum to restoration of historical Turkish buildings in Syria.

Ertugrul Gunay's request came at his meeting with Syrian Prime Minister Naji al-Utri took place after a meeting of Turkey-Syria Joint Commission on Tourism which was co-chaired by Gunay and his Syrian counterpart Sadallah Agha al-Qalaa in Damascus.

Several Ottoman-era historical buildings in Syria are under restoration, sponsored by Turkey. Suleymaniye complex is one of the most important of these historical sites going through restoration.

Gunay told al-Utri that restoration works had been halted from time to time especially due to red tape in Syria and asked for help from al-Utri to avoid such delays.

For his part, al-Utri said that Syrian government was ready to solve all problems as historical sites were important for Syrian tourism.

He said Syria was proud of being home to historical buildings erected by Sinan the Architect, the chief architect and civil engineer for 16th century Ottoman sultans.

"We appreciate Turkey's efforts for restoration of historical sites in Syria," al-Utri said.



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