ERDOGAN ASKS OBAMA TO BLOCK ARMENIAN BILLS IN US CONGRESS
- Following his meeting in Seoul with US President Barack Obama, Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a news briefing to Turkish reporters about the meeting.
Erdogan noted that he and the US President had discussed matters concerning Syria, Iran, Iraq, Cyprus, and Armenia, Milliyet daily of Turkey informs. The Turkish PM said he told Obama—in connection with the settlement of the Karabakh conflict—that although the OSCE Minsk Group is carrying out activities in this regard for twenty years, there are no results. Erdogan also claimed that Turkey will do what it can if pressure needs to be applied upon Azerbaijan to resolve this matter.
Also, the Turkish PM reflected on the US Congress bills that condemn the Armenian Genocide, and stressed that politicians should not be turned into historians.
"The Republicans come, it is the same [thing]. The Democrats come, it is the same [thing]. These bills should not appear in the Congress every April," Erdogan noted, and added that Obama had expressed an appreciation for Turkey's policy toward the country's religious minorities.
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