Turkey on Tuesday handed over to Afghanistan a Pashto language book on Sufism that was written hundreds of years ago.
Al-Tohfat Al Qadrya was written between 1722 and 1723 by Afghan writer Ibn Munner. It was discovered by Kabul-based Turkish diplomat Sinan Ayhan in a Dublin book store.
“The owners of the book store had kept this historic Pashto book in the Kurdish language section since they were not familiar with this language,” Ayhan said in a note accompanying the book as it was handed over, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
The book was presented to Afghan officials by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) in an event in Kabul.
Following the discovery, the agency arranged for the book to republished and presented in Kabul.
Sulaiman Shaheen, the Afghanistan director of TIKA, promised continued support for Afghan culture and society.
Meanwhile, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s adviser, Lal Pacha, read a statement in which Ghani praised friendly ties between the two nations and thanked Turkey for its continued support.
Pashto is one of the two official languages in Afghanistan. It is also spoken in neighbouring Pakistan, mostly near the border.