The Turkish Foreign Ministry announced that it had summoned the US ambassador to Ankara after US President Joe Biden had recognized the Armenian Genocide, conveying Turkey’s “strong reaction” to Washington’s move.
“This statement of the US, which distorts the historical facts, will never be accepted in the conscience of the Turkish people, and will open a deep wound that undermines our mutual trust and friendship,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement while rejecting and denouncing the statement “in the strongest terms.”
Turkish Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said the United States should look to its past in response to Joe Biden’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
“We strongly condemn and reject the remarks of the US President, who only repeat the accusations of those whose only agenda is hostility towards our country,” Kalin said on Twitter. “We advise the US president to look at the past and the present (of his country).”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused “third parties” of meddling in Turkey’s affairs, as US President Joe Biden formally recognized the Armenian genocide.
“No one is taking advantage of the fact that the debates, which should be conducted by historians, are politicized by third parties and become a means of intervention in our country,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a message to the Armenian Patriarch in Constantinople.
Turkish FM: Turkey “has nothing to learn from anybody on our own history”
Turkey “[has] nothing to learn from anybody on our own past,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said in response to the United States’ recognition of the Armenian genocide.
“Words cannot change or rewrite history,” the Turkish foreign minister wrote on Twitter after the announcement of US President Joe Biden’s decision. “We have nothing to learn from anybody on our own past. Political opportunism is the greatest betrayal to peace and justice,” he added.
“Words cannot change or rewrite history.”
We have nothing to learn from anybody on our own past. Political opportunism is the greatest betrayal to peace and justice.
We entirely reject this statement based solely on populism.#1915Events
— Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) April 24, 2021
Yerevan described US recognition of the Armenian genocide as a “very strong step towards historical truth”
The Armenian Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinyan, welcomed the historic decision of Joe Biden to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide.
Pasinyan thanked the US president on social media for this “very powerful step towards justice and historical truth,” which offers “invaluable support to the descendants of the victims of the Armenian Genocide.”
The recognition of the genocide is “an encouraging example for all those who want to build a just and tolerant international community,” he added.
In a letter to Joe Biden, Nikol Pashinyan stated: “The people of Armenia and Armenians around the world welcome your message with great enthusiasm… Recognition of the Armenian Genocide is important not only as a tribute to the 1.5 million innocent victims, but also in preventing the recurrence of similar crimes against humanity.”