TEHRAN (FNA)- US President Joe Biden’s remarks on the events of 1915 are “unacceptable” and a “historical mistake”, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev said on Saturday.
Aliyev and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned Biden’s move during a phone call, the Azerbaijani Presidency announced in a statement, Anadolu news agency reported.
The Azerbaijani leader added the US president’s remarks would “seriously damage cooperation in the region”, stressing that Baku will always stand by Ankara.
Aliyev’s statement came shortly after Biden called the events of 1915 a “genocide”, breaking American presidents’ long-held tradition of refraining from using the term.
Later, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov said on Twitter that he spoke with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu about Biden’s remarks, adding that attempts to falsify and rewrite history and use it for political purposes are unacceptable.
Turkish authorities and leaders have stated Biden’s statement lacks any scholarly or legal basis and is not supported by evidence.
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