Duygu Yildirim dances in the State House’s Hall of Flags on Tuesday afternoon in Augusta.

She and her husband Nadir Yildirim, from Turkey, performed as part of the Turkish Cultural Day events that included speeches, displays and a buffet of Turkish foods.

Gov. Paul LePage joined the Council of Turkic American Association President, Furkan Kosar, the president of Marmara Spring Businessmen Associations and the president of Turkish Cultural Center of Maine to mark the occasion. LePage also issued a proclamation to honor Turkish Cultural Day.

LePage said Turkey’s economy is the sixth largest in the world, making them a strong competitor in today’s global economy. LePage said such events build bridges between Turkey and the U.S.

“My goal for Maine is to make Maine a destination for investors from all over the world,” LePage said. “With Turkey being a leader in economic growth, it is important we put Maine on the map of places to invest. Whether these investors are considering Maine for agriculture, energy, construction, or food, it’s a very important connection to make.”