Biden Recognizes Armenian Genocide | National Review

President Joe Biden speaks from the Roosevelt Space at the White Home in Washington, D.C., April 12, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

President Biden officially acknowledged the Armenian genocide on Saturday, in a declaration corresponding with the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day observed because nation.

“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 stated in a declaration.

“We honor their story. We see that pain. We affirm the history,” Biden included. “We do this not to cast blame but to ensure that what happened is never repeated.”

Biden is the very first U.S. president to follow through on a project pledge to acknowledge the mass murder and ethnic cleaning of approximately 1 million Armenians by Ottoman forces throughout World War I as a genocide.

The statement will likely make complex American relations with Turkey, a NATO member and ally of the U.S., which opposes the classification of genocide.

“Words cannot change history or rewrite it,” Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu composed on Twitter following the statement. “We will not be given lessons on our history from anyone. Political opportunism is the biggest betrayal of peace and justice. We completely reject this statement that is based on populism. #1915Events”

Biden notified Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday that he would acknowledge the genocide, according to the Associated Press. The call in between Biden and Erdogan marked the very first discussion in between the 2 leaders because Biden presumed workplace in January.

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Zachary Evans is a news author for National Evaluation Online. He is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and a qualified violist.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.