The State of Kuwait contributed USD one million for the Tunisian Ministry of Religious Affairs to rehabilitate and renovate the historical El-Zaytuna Mosque in Tunis.
Kuwait Ambassador to Tunisia Ali Al-Thafiri handed a check of the donation to Tunisian Minister of Religious Affairs Ahmad Azoum during their meeting here on Thursday where they discussed cooperation in religious affairs.
The Tunisian minister welcomed the contribution as a landmark event in history of the exemplary relations between the two countries, Ambassador Al-Thafiri told KUNA following the meeting.
The donation signals Kuwait’s keenness on conserving the Islamic heritage in Tunisia, he quoted the minister as saying.
Azoum noted that he plans to invite the Kuwaiti Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Mohammad Al-Jabri to visit Tunisia to review the implementation of the bilateral agreement on religious cooperation signed in 2010.
El-Zaytuna is the oldest mosque in the capital city of Tunis; it covers an area of 5,000 sq. meters and has nine entrances and 160 authentic columns brought from the ruins of the old city of Carthage.
– Kuwait News Agency