U.S. President Joe Biden held a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This was reported by the White House press office on Friday, April 23.
During the conversation, as noted, the American leader expressed his interest in a constructive bilateral relationship between Turkey and the United States in which there will be expanded areas of cooperation and effective methods of resolving differences.
“The leaders agreed to hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the NATO summit in June to discuss the full range of bilateral and regional issues,” the statement said.
The day before, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance summit would be held June 14 in Brussels. It was noted that the event will discuss current issues of NATO activities, as well as issues of the alliance’s agenda up to 2030.
Among such issues, he cited “Russia’s aggressive actions, the threat of terrorism, cyberattacks, new and malicious technologies, the impact of climate change on security, and the rise of China.”
On the same day, The Wall Street Journal, citing sources in the U.S. administration, reported that Biden may officially recognize the Armenian genocide by the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century.
The possibility that the U.S. leader would issue a statement to this effect on April 24, the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day was pointed out. It was also said that there is no information about the final decision of the American leader and there is information that he will make only a symbolic statement without official recognition.
Erdogan, in turn, stated that the country will continue upholding its stance on the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire. Turkey denies the claim that the killings of Armenians were genocide, citing the people’s rebellion against the government.