The US Ambassador to Ankara, David Satterfield, was summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, where he was protested over the statement of US President Joe Biden about the Armenian Genocide, a source in the Turkish Foreign Ministry told.
Earlier, Biden officially recognized the mass killings of ethnic Armenians in the early 20th century in the Ottoman Empire as genocide. In response, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Ankara “completely rejects this statement based solely on populism.”
“After US President Joe Biden’s statement about the events of 1915, US Ambassador David Satterfield was summoned to our ministry and received by Deputy Minister Sedat Onal. Our harsh reaction was expressed to the Ambassador; it was brought to him that we consider this statement unacceptable, devoid of any historical and legal grounds, so we completely reject and strongly condemn it,” the source said.
According to him, the ambassador was told that the statement of the American president “is invalid from the point of view of international law, deeply harms the Turkish people and causes damage to bilateral relations that will be difficult to restore.”