Turkish delegation lauds Makkah project
800,000 Turks to benefit from last year's first phase Mataf expansion
The president of Turkish religious affairs has commended the work undertaken last year on the ongoing Mataf expansion project taking place under the custodianship of the two holy mosques.
The expansion of the circumambulation area around the Kaaba, which aims to enhance the space to accommodate 150,000 pilgrims in an hour, is due to be completed in three phases over three years.
"All Turks in Turkey feel grateful to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for undertaking huge projects in Makkah, holy sites and Madinah with the aim of serving Islam and Muslims better," Prof. Muhammad Komas told the Saudi Press Agency.
Komas, who is also head of the Turkish Haj Delegation, continued: "The relationship between the two countries is at in its best now thanks to the wise policies of the two governments.”
He said that 300,000 Tutkish Umrah pilgrims have already arrived in the Kingdom and 500,000 more are expected to come during Ramadan, in discussions on the Haj arrangements with Haj Minister Bandar bin Muhammad Hajjar.