Biden becomes first US president to recognise Armenian genocide

25th Apr, 2021

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Joe Biden in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 31 March. Turkey’s status as a Nato member and longtime regional ally has prevented US presidents from making a formal designation. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images


Joe Biden has become the first US president declare formal recognition of the Armenian genocide, more than a century after the mass killings by Ottoman troops and opening a rift between the new US administration and Ankara.

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