Turkey summons US Amb. over anti-Ankara house bill

ANKARA, The Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned on Wednesday US Ambassador in Ankara David Satterfield following two house resolutions on the so-called “Armenian genocide” and a Turkish operation in Syria.

The Turkish move came after the US House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly reaffirmed that the U.S. government should recognize the century-old killings of 1.5 million Armenians as a “genocide”, diplomatic sources were quoted by Anadolu news agency as saying.

The ministry said it rejects the bill on the basis that it is politically motivated and lacks historical and legal grounds, according to the sources.

“The resolution, which has apparently been drafted and issued for domestic consumption, is devoid of any historical or legal basis,” the ministry said.

It also followed another US House resolution threatening fresh sanctions on Turkey for its counter-terrorism operation in northern Syria, the sources added.

On Tuesday, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution recognizing the so-called “Armenian genocide”, with lawmakers voting 405-11.

Source: Kuwait News Agency