Ali Riza Efendi museum opens in Macedonia

- New museum built in memory of Ataturk’s father opens in village of Kocacik

SKOPJE (AA) - The Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency has opened a new museum in Macedonia in memory of Ali Riza Efendi - the father of Turkey's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Under a directive issued by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the agency (TIKA) has also executed various other technical assistance and cooperation projects as well as common historical and cultural heritage conservation programs in the country.

"TIKA attaches great importance to the restoration of historical buildings in the Balkans and they have restored many monuments in the region," said Deputy Prime Minister Emrullah Isler, speaking at an opening ceremony in the Macedonian village of Kocacik on Monday. 

 Expressing his contentment over the opening of the Ali Riza Efendi House, Isler said TIKA developed projects around the world on behalf of the Turkish government.

"Ali Riza Efendi House will be run by the Macedonian Ministry of Culture and contribute a lot to Macedonian tourism," said Isler.

TIKA was established in 1992 and is currently running projects in 30 countries on five continents, including activities in the fields of education, health, restoration, agricultural development, finance, tourism and industry.

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