Biden calls Turkey’s Erdogan ahead of possible Armenian genocide recognition

Biden calls Turkey’s Erdogan ahead of possible Armenian genocide recognition


President Biden on Friday spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of a possible statement recognizing the Armenian genocide, which is expected to enrage Turkish nationalists.

Biden expressed “his interest in a constructive bilateral relationship with expanded areas of cooperation and effective management of disagreements,” the White House said in a statement.

Turkey’s government views the killing of about 1 million Armenians in World War I as the result of war-related causes rather than a deliberate ethnic cleansing of the Christian ethnic group.

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Erdogan, an authoritarian Islamist in power since 2003, has had a difficult relationship with the US — particularly after Erdogan watched in 2017 as his guards attacked US citizens near the White House after a meeting with then-President Donald Trump.

Catholicos Garegin II, head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, attends a ceremony commemorating the 105th anniversary of the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman forces in 1915.AFP via Getty Images

Fifteen of Erdogan’s guards

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