Turkey summons US Ambassador over Armenian genocide resolution

Turkey summons US Ambassador over Armenian genocide resolution

Turkey has summoned the U.S. ambassador over the House of Representatives’ decision to recognize the Armenian Genocide —the Ottoman government’s systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians from 1915 to 1917 — and a bill that imposes sanctions over the Turkish invasion of Syria to battle Kurds.

Addressing his ruling party, Turkish dictator Erdogan said he wouldn’t recognize the non-binding House resolution to recognize the century-old mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide. The bill passed 405-11.

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Erdogan then said Turkey “strongly condemns” a bipartisan bill to sanction senior Turkish officials and its army for Turkey’s invasion into northeastern Syria that passed 403-16.

Both bills, passed Tuesday, were a sign of further deterioration in Turkish-American relations, which have been strained over multiple issues, especially U.S. support for Syrian Kurdish fighters considered terrorists by Ankara.

Turkey’s foreign ministry said that it summoned U.S. Ambassador David Satterfield on Wednesday over the resolutions.