United States President Joe
BidenThe White House said that today he discussed bilateral relations with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, over the phone.
Biden The White House said in a statement that “its interest in a constructive bilateral relationship with broadening areas of cooperation and effective management of disputes.”
The statement added that the leaders agreed to hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in June to discuss a range of regional and bilateral issues.
The phone conversation came after several reports said this Biden It will officially recognize Saturday as a “genocide,” the mass killing of Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire a century ago.
Turkey, the successor country to the Ottoman Empire, asserted that mass killing did not constitute genocide.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told local media this week that the remarks were Biden It is not legally binding and will only harm bilateral relations. “If the United States wants to make relations worse, it is up to them to decide,” he said.
This step could further complicate the already strained relations between Washington and Ankara. The two NATO allies have been at odds over Turkey’s possession of the Russian S-400 air defense systems and other regional issues, such as the Syrian conflict and the conflict in the eastern Mediterranean.