In a statement, President Joe Biden officially recognized the massacre of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire, modern-day Turkey, as genocide. This could be a potential breaking point in the U.S.’s relationship with Turkey. Yet, the recognition was more than just giving lip service to the horrible events that transpired two decades before the Holocaust. 

The president’s statement follows through on his campaign promise to formally acknowledge the systematic deportation and killing of between one to 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as a genocide.

The United States now joins 30 countries that recognize the genocide against the Armenian people.

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The Armenian genocide was perpetrated early in the 20th century by the Ottoman Empire, now Turkey. (Wikipedia)

On the 106th anniversary of the start of the Armenian massacre, Biden said, “Each year on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide and recommit ourselves to preventing such an atrocity from ever again occurring.”