Report: Biden Expected to Recognize Armenian Genocide


In a move likely to antagonize restive NATO ally Turkey, President Joe Biden is expected to formally label the massacre of Armenians in World War I as genocide, according to a report Thursday. According to Reuters, Biden will release a statement about the slaughter of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire, the precursor to the current Turkish state, on Saturday as the world recognizes Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. Biden will be the first president since Ronald Reagan to use the term “genocide” in reference to the deaths of Armenians during World War I. Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian of Armenia told The New York Times that “the recognition by the United States will be a kind of moral beacon to many countries.” “This is not about Armenia and Turkey. This is about our obligation to recognize and condemn the past, present and future genocide,” he said Wednesday. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu saw things differently. “Statements that have no legal binding will have no benefit, but they will harm ties,” he said Tuesday, according to Reuters. “If the United States wants to worsen ties, the decision is theirs.”

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