Turkish intercultural and interfaith organizations from 66 countries around the globe pledged to continue efforts to contribute to global peace and dialogue in a historic gathering in İstanbul on Saturday, sharing experiences that might help guide their future dialogue activities.
“We only aim to contribute to peace and to serve humanity,” Mustafa Yeşil said at the opening speech. Yeşil is the chairman of the Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV) and the sponsor and host of the event, “International Meeting on Sharing Experience of Coexistence,” which featured 54 participating and 11 observer countries.
Inspired by esteemed Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, Turkish activists have established intercultural and interfaith organizations in more than 100 countries all around the world, mostly in the past decade. The primary objective of these organizations and their activities is to promote Turkish culture, encourage tolerance and build bridges across different ethnic and religious groups.