In a phone call, the two reportedly discussed what would be a priority for the US President: calling for the 1915 massacre to ‘kill’.
U.S. President Joe Biden told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan he wanted to recognize the massacre of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire during World War I as a “genocide”, Bloomberg and Reuters news agency said on Friday, citing people who he knows how to call among the leaders.
The two spoke on Friday for the first time since Biden became President in January, just one day before Biden became president. expected comments referring to these massacres as “mass killings”, which would make the existing connection between the US and Turkey difficult.
“When it comes to the Armenian genocide, you can expect an announcement tomorrow,” US State Spokesperson Jalina Porter told reporters Friday, declining to comment further.
Biden will be the first US President to recognize the law generosity 1.5 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1917 as a massacre.
Turkey acknowledged the death of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire during the first world war, but strongly denied that the killings were organized and carried out.
If Biden follows suit recognizing genocide as a genocide, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday, that it would damage relations between NATO allies.
Turkish presidential spokesman Fahrettin Altun on Tuesday called the massacre “an unspecified rumor and only exacerbates political repercussions. It is a false, absurd and illegal crime.”
Meanwhile, Biden and Erdogan agreed on an invitation to meet in June when both men will be in Brussels for a NATO summit, the White House announced on Friday.
The three-month delay in Biden making its first publication of Erdogan is seen as cruel to the Turkish President, who had a close relationship with former President Donald Trump.
The White House report on the call on Friday did not mention the Armenian story.
“President Biden spoke today with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, expressing his interest in a strong partnership between the countries with the highest levels of cooperation and effective management of inequality,” the White House said.
He said the two leaders had agreed to meet on the sidelines of the NATO summit in June to discuss further bilateral relations.
“The two leaders agreed on the terms of the bilateral agreement and the need to work together for greater cooperation,” the Turkish President said in a statement.
In recent weeks, Biden’s management has done so increased stress on Turkey by repeatedly expressing its dissatisfaction with the human rights record in Ankara, and there are differences between the two groups on a number of issues including Turkey’s purchase of Russian weapons and differences of opinion regarding Syria.