Turkish Ambassador in Washington D.C. Nabi Sensoy said on Thursday that Turkish-U.S. relations were currently at its peak point.

Holding a conference at Howard University, Sensoy pointed out Turkey's place in the new world order after Cold War era ended, and said that globalization had made the world smaller, adding that new threats like terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, extremism, smuggling, climate change, diseases and racial and cultural separatism had emerged in the world.

Turkey's geostrategic importance changed in the center of these conventional and asymmetric threats, he noted.

Sensoy said that Turkey earned the characteristic of being a "soft power" in terms of democracy, respect to human rights and basic freedoms, supremacy of law and market economy within the 20 years after Cold War era. He added that Turkey made positive contributions to its neighbors and the large geography around it.

Noting that Turkish economy recorded a significant success in recent years, Sensoy said that Turkey was the 17th biggest economy in the world and 6th in Europe. He added that Turkish economy displayed a better performance than 21 EU countries.

Regarding Turkey's foreign policy, Sensoy said that Turkey initiated "zero problem" policy with its neighbors, adding that Turkey was a part of all Europe-Atlantic structures except the EU.

He said that Turkey played a leading role in establishment of a bridge between civilizations, took part more roles in regional economy organizations like Black Sea Economic Cooperation, and was also elected a non-permanent member of UN Security Council.

Upon a question Sensoy said that Turkey had 13 embassies in African continent, adding that it was about to open 15 new embassies especially in Sub-Saharan region.

He said that Turkey-Africa trade volume, which was 5.4 billion USD five years ago, increased to 16 billion USD in 2008.

News: AA

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