Pakistan says U.S. recognition of Armenian genocide one sided, political

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday, expressed his country’s support for Turkey over the U.S. President Joe Biden’s recognition of the mass killings of Armenians in 1915 as genocide, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

"We believe that one-sided approaches and political categorisation of historical events could undermine trust and lead to polarisation between nations," Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri stressed in a statement, following Qureshi’s phone call with his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, it said. 

On Saturday, Biden recognised the mass killings of Armenians during the Ottoman era over a century ago as genocide, in a move that diverges from his predecessors and threatens to further complicate relations with NATO ally Turkey.

“The American people honour all those Armenians who perished in the genocide that began 106 years ago today,” Biden said in a statement released on the Armenian genocide Remembrance Day.  

Ankara, who objects to the presentation of these incidents as genocide and maintains the events were a tragedy in which both sides suffered casualties, responded to the declaration, condemning it in the strongest terms.

The Pakistani foreign ministry’s statement also praised Turkey’s proposal for a joint historical commission to explore the facts, Anadolu said.

“Thank you brotherly Pakistan, long live Turkey-Pakistan friendship," the Turkish foreign ministry said in response to the statement via social media on Sunday.

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