Biden, who pledged as a candidate to recognize the massacre as genocide, arguing that "silence is complicity", wanted to speak with Erdogan before making the formal recognition, according to officials familiar with Biden's deliberations and plans.
"Each year on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide and recommit ourselves to preventing such an atrocity from ever again occurring", Biden said in his statement, a copy of which Kardashian posted to her Instagram story. Starting with Uruguay in 1965, nations including France, Germany, Canada and Russian Federation have recognized the genocide, but a United States statement has been a paramount goal that proved elusive under previous presidents.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had warned the Biden administration earlier this week that recognition would "harm" U.S. -Turkey ties. We affirm the history.
The Azerbaijani foreign ministry said Mr Biden's statement "distorted the historical facts about the events of 1915" and echoed Turkey's call for the killings to be "studied by historians, not politicians".
Biden said his statement was "not to cast blame but to ensure that what happened is never repeated". "The politicization of debates, which historians ought to engage in, by third parties and their use as a tool of meddling has not served anyone's interests".
"He's the first American president to have the guts to talk about it".
He voiced hope for greater United States alignment against Turkish-backed Azerbaijan, which a year ago won back swathes of territory controlled by Armenia since a war in the 1990s. "It's unbelievable and I'm very happy he did what he did", said Varoujan Kioudjian, 74.
Turkey accepts that many Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire were killed in clashes with Ottoman forces during World War One, but contests the figures and denies the killings were systematically orchestrated and constitute a genocide.
In 2015, the social media personality and her sister Kim flew to Armenia and visited Tsitsernakaberd, the memorial to the victims of the atrocity.
"This principled stand represents a powerful setback to Turkey's century-long obstruction of justice for this crime", Hamparian said, "and its ongoing hostility and aggression against the Armenian people". That was the day in 1915 when Ottoman authorities began arresting Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople, now known as Istanbul. "It was that sad", he said. Mr Trump instead called it "one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th Century".
Before entering office, Biden described the Islamist-oriented leader as an autocrat and called for support to the opposition.
The much-anticipated first phone call between the two leaders took place more than three months after Biden's January 20 inauguration, a delay that is widely seen as a cold shoulder to Erdogan, who had enjoyed close ties with former president Donald Trump. The PKK has led an insurgency against Turkey for more than three decades.
Ties between Ankara and Washington have been strained over issues ranging from Turkey's purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems - over which it was the target of US sanctions - to policy differences in Syria, human rights and a court case targeting Turkey's majority state-owned Halkbank.
Erdogan noted that addressing the issues of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization's (FETO) presence in the United States and Washington's support for the YPG/PYD/PKK terror group in Syria is important to advancing relations between the two countries, the statement added. In 2019, Biden accused Trump of betraying USA allies, following Trump's decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria, which paved the way for a Turkish military offensive against the Syrian Kurdish group.
In 2014, when he was vice president, Biden apologized to Erdogan after suggesting in a speech that Turkey helped facilitate the rise of the Islamic State group by allowing foreign fighters to cross Turkey's border with Syria.
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