The State Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned an American ambassador at Ankara, The Turkish capital, protests the explanation for the killing of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks, which began in 1915.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal met with David Satterfield late Saturday to express strong condemnation of Ankara.
“This statement has no legal basis in terms of international law, has hurt the Turkish people and has opened up difficult-to-correct wounds in our relations,” the ministry said.
The White House has defeated the previous administration in adopting this phrase, and the President of the United States has long avoided using the term in order not to offend its major allies in the region.
“Every year on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman genocide of Armenians and promise again that such atrocities will never happen again,” Biden said. Said in a statement.
The president concluded that: “Americans honor all Armenians who died in the genocide that began today 106 years ago.”
Modern Turkey, which emerged from the Ottoman era, has always denied that genocide has occurred.
They refused to use the term, saying that both Turks and Armenians had been killed, and called for a joint history committee to investigate.
The White House declaration immediately prompted a statement of condemnation from Turkish authorities. However, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has not yet addressed this issue.
Biden promised to allow the genocide in the 2020 campaign. Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush made similar promises, but instead called them “genocide” or “genocide.”
Additional reporting via Associated Press