US President Joe Biden in an official statement recognized as genocide the mass deaths of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in the early twentieth century.
“Every year on this day, we remember all those who died as a result of the genocide of Armenians during the Ottoman Empire, and recommit ourselves to prevent such atrocities from happening again,” the White House press office quoted Biden as saying Saturday, April 24.
The Wall Street Journal wrote on April 22 about the U.S. leader’s intention to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire, citing sources in the U.S. administration.
On the same day, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey would continue to defend its position on the issue. He added that this “slander” was supported for political reasons.
The next day, Biden and Erdogan had a telephone conversation in which, according to Bloomberg, the White House leader told Erdogan that he recognized the events of 1915 against Armenians as genocide, while the predecessors of the United States leader tried to avoid using this wording.
During their phone call, Biden and Erdogan also agreed to meet at the NATO summit in Brussels to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues.