Turkey calls on US not to harm ties with Genocide resolution

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has called on US authorities to prevent the deterioration of US-Turkey relations after the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a resolution commemorating and condemning the Armenian genocide on Thursday.

“Strategic cooperation between Turkey and the US plays a significant role in resolving many disputes around the world. Thus, Turkey-US relations should not be hampered by the activities of any lobby,” he said at a press conference on his visit to Japan on Friday.

Sen. Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Sen. Mark Kirk introduced the resolution last week. Twelve of the committee’s 18 senators voted for the resolution and five voted against it, with one abstention. It is now up to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring the resolution to the floor of the US Senate.

Davutoğlu stressed that Turkey does not expect the resolution to be adopted in the US Senate, while the Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned the resolution on Friday, describing it as biased and calling on US authorities not to provide further support for such resolutions.

Davutoglu said the Turkish ambassador to the US had been given instructions to cooperate with US authorities “to prevent the abuse of such historical issues.”

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