The Pentagon does not expect a relations decline with Turkey after Biden’s statement

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A spokesman for the US Department of Defense (Pentagon) John Kirby said that he did not expect US President Joe Biden’s statement regarding the events of 1915 to negatively affect military relations with Turkey.

This came in statements made by Kirby during a press conference held at the Pentagon in Washington.

Through him, he assessed the country’s political agenda and answered various questions for a number of journalists.

In response to a question, is the military partnership with Ankara expected to decline following Biden’s controversial description of the events of 1915 as “genocide”.

“We do not expect the military relations between the United States and Turkey to witness any form of deterioration,” Kirby said.

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He added, “Turkey is an important country in the region with a great political weight, in addition to being an important ally of the United States and an effective member of NATO.”

He explained that his country is keen to work closely with Ankara on many important files in the international arena.

On Saturday, Biden described the events of 1915 as a “genocide” against Armenians, in contravention of the established tradition of his predecessors, presidents of the United States, to refrain from using the term.

In response to the move, the Turkish Foreign Ministry confirmed that Biden does not have the legal right to judge historical issues, and his statements about the alleged “genocide” of Armenians are worthless.

Turkey stresses that it is impossible to launch “genocide” on these events, but rather describes it as a “tragedy” for both sides.

It calls for dealing with the file away from the political conflict, and resolving the issue with a “fair memory” perspective, which means abandoning a single view of history.

As for each side’s understanding of what the other lived, and mutual respect for each side’s past memory.