Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has summoned the US Ambassador to Ankara, David Satterfield, in spite of the announcement of US President Joe Biden.
Citizens of Armenian descent living in America have expressed happiness over this decision. AFP
Joe Biden Recognizes Armenian Genocide: US President Joe Biden has finally recognized the massacre of Armenia by enmity with Turkey. In the early 20th century, Usmani (Turkish) imperial forces systematically killed or forced millions of Armenians to flee. Biden called it a ‘genocide’. Earlier, the former US President has been avoiding the use of the word ‘genocide’ for these atrocities for fear of being offended by Turkey.
Biden promised during the presidential election campaign that he would recognize that the events between 1915 and 1923 were deliberate attempts to end the people of Armenia. During this time 20 million people of Armenia were deported and 1.5 million people were killed. On Friday, Biden told Turkish President Rajab Tayyab Erdogan about his plan to issue a statement in this regard, an official familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity.
Biden made an issue in elections
In the US presidential elections last year, Joe Biden’s party made the massacre in Armenia a major issue. He expressed confidence to Armenian Americans living in America that their demand would be met. It is being told that before this announcement of Biden, the Turkish President had appealed not to do this, but the American President did not agree. According to a Bloomberg news, Biden bluntly stated that he would call this atrocity a ‘genocide’.
Killed 1.5 million people, but Turkey did not apologize
According to historians, the Ottoman Army had systematically killed more than 1.5 million people in 1915. However, Turkey has always rejected this claim and because of this its relationship with Armenia has been tense. It is said that the killing of millions of Jews on the orders of Hitler during the second world war is still discussed around the world. But there is no talk about Armenian civilians killed during the First World War. Turkey has never apologized for this. On the contrary, he supported Azerbaijan during the battle of Armenia with Azerbaijan.
Summoned american ambassador
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has summoned the US Ambassador to Ankara, David Satterfield, in spite of the announcement of US President Joe Biden. Turkey has said in its statement that the ambassador has been told that Joe Biden does not have any legal authority to call it a massacre. The move has affected the relations of the two countries and it will be difficult to compensate.
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