By Houda Mzioudet.
Tripoli 8 December 2013:
Turkey is to assist in the restoration of cultural and historical sites offering training to officials . . .[restrict]from the ministry of culture. It has expressed a special interest in helping to maintain Ottoman-era buildings and shrines.
The plans have been discussed by Turkish ambassador Ahmet Yakici and Culture Minister Habib Al-Amin, Adel Sunallah a ministry spokesman told the Libya Herald.
Sunallah explained that Turkey will give archaeological training to 30 Libyans from the culture ministry as well as further training to border police and guards at archaeological sites.
The Turkish ambassador denounced recent attacks on Ottoman-era shrines, the most recent of which took place at the Murad Agha and Othman Pasha shrines in Tajoura, Tripoli.
“Turkey will support Libya in preserving Ottoman shrines, especially against threats to demolish Darghuth Pasha shrine,” Sunallah said. [/restrict]