Turkey’s foreign ministry said it summoned the US Ambassador to Ankara over President Joe Biden’s recognition of the 1915 massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as a genocide, adding it had conveyed Turkey’s “strong reaction”. This is reported by Hurriyet.
Biden said on Saturday that the 1915 killings constituted genocide, a historic declaration that infuriated Turkey and further strained frayed ties between the two NATO allies.
In a statement, the ministry said deputy foreign minister Sedat Onal had told US Ambassador David Satterfield that the statement had no legal basis and that Ankara “rejected it, found it unacceptable and condemned in the stongest terms”. It said the statement had caused a “wound in ties that will be hard to repair”.
Earlier, the US President Joe Biden officially recognized the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire. Biden became the first US president in 40 years to publicly recognize the actions of the Ottoman Empire at the beginning of the 20th century as genocide.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry reacted to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by Joe Biden, stating that this undermines relations between Washington and Ankara.