Turkish President Abdullah Gul said that Turkey, which took place at junction of Europe, Balkans, Caucasus, Black Sea, Middle East, Mediterranean and Central Asia, was a natural bridge between various cultures and civilizations, reported Worldbulletin.
Speaking at a meeting hosted by Turkish Culture Center in New York, Gul said that today the world was growing with diversity of cultures and beliefs, however, Islamophobia, racism, xenophobia and other discriminations were serious threats against global peace, stability and security.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan, State Minister Mehmet Simsek, Turkish Ambassador in Washington Nabi Sensoy and Turkey's permanent representative in UN Baki Ilkin also attended the meeting.
Gul said that Turkey and the U.S., as two close allies having common strategic interests, were working for the similar goals to settle peace, stability, prosperity and security in their regions.
Gul said that Turkish community living in the United States was a valuable bridge between the two countries.