Turkey responded to the statement of U.S. President Joe Biden, who described the mass killing of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century as genocide, Anadolu news agency reported.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Ankara completely rejects the genocide recognition language said by the American leader. “We completely reject this statement, which is based entirely on populism,” the minister said on Twitter.
He stressed that “words will not change or rewrite history.” “We are not going to take lessons from anyone about our history,” the Turkish foreign minister added.
Earlier, the announcement that Biden had officially recognized the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire appeared on the White House website. The statement was made on April 24, which falls on Armenian Genocide Memorial Day.
The American leader also confirmed his intention during his meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. With this decision, he became the first U.S. president in 40 years to make a public statement about the events of the early 20th century.