ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - President Barack Obama says he's looking
toward ally Turkey to help bridge the divide between Muslim nations
and the West.
Joining President Abdullah Gul at a news conference after talks
in Ankara, Obama said he wants to build on "what is already a
strong foundation" with Turkey. He said relations between the two
countries have for too long been defined on mostly military and
national security terms but that they must also work together on
the global economic crisis.
Obama said that he and Gul have been "very clear that terrorism
is not acceptable under any circumstances." He also said Turkey
and the United States can build a "model partnership" between a
predominantly Christian nation and a predominantly Muslim nation.