Mayor Ko signs documents to build new mosque in Taipei

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Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲, left)

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲, left)

Taipei, April 28 (CNA) The Taipei City government signed the official documents on Friday for the construction of a new mosque in city, which will be a joint project with the government of Turkey, Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said Saturday.

Speaking at the 58th anniversary ceremony of the Taipei Grand Mosque, Ko said Taipei has decided to build another mosque to accommodate the growing Muslim population in the country.

He said the city government is looking at two sites for the construction of a complex capable of accommodating 50,000 people, but he did not disclose which locations were being considered.

The idea of building a third mosque in Taipei, at a cost of millions of U.S. dollars, was proposed by Turkey in January, according to Ko.

Following his visit Turkey in February for talks with the government on the proposal, Ko said, he will communicate with the relevant government agencies there to work out the details of the project.

Now that he has signed the papers for the construction of the mosque, he said, Turkish officials will visit Taipei to look at potential sites.

According to government statistics, the Muslim population in Taiwan is around 260,000, with immigrants making up 200,000.

(By Chen Yen-chun and Kuan-lin Liu)

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