Brazil Foreign Ministry regrets Ankara’s decision to recall envoy over Armenian Genocide legislature

The Foreign Ministry of Brazil said in a statement issued Tuesday it “regrets the decision of the Turkish Government to recall its Ambassador in Brazil for consultations,” after Turkey on Monday pulled it envoy to the Latin American country, whose senate last week approved a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide.

Brazil’s foreign ministry said if also “regrets the terms of a statement released by the Turkish Government regarding the adoption of the Application No. 550 by the Senate, which contains a ‘Motion of Solidarity with the Armenian people in the Centennial of the extermination campaign against its population’.”

“On June 1, the Turkish ambassador was summoned to the Foreign Ministry and was received by the Secretary General of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Sergio Danese, who gave extensive explanations on the procedures in progress in the Senate, about the meaning of the Application and the traditional position of Brazil in the matter, which remains unchanged. The same explanation was provided by the Secretary General to the Ambassador of Armenia,” added the statement.

“The Senate acted within its constitutional prerogatives and in line with the principle of independence of powers enshrined in the Brazilian constitution. The Brazilian Government maintains the expectation that bilateral relations with Turkey, formally defined as strategic by both countries, may soon return to full normality.”

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Monday it had recalled its ambassador to Brazil for consultation, after the Latin American country’s Senate passed legislation recognizing the massacre of Armenians during World War One in Turkey as genocide,

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