April 14, 2014 - 19:16 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - U.S. ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone and Justice and Development Party (AKP) Deputy Head Mehmet Ali Sahin discussed the U.S. Senate committee's adopting of the Armenian Genocide Resolution, TRT Haber said.
The latest developments in Syria, Iraq, Iran, Cyprus, Palestine, Israel, Ukraine, and Turkey-U.S. relations were also on the meeting agenda.
"'We both agreed on the importance of keeping Turkish-American relations in a high level," Ricciardone told journalists after the meeting.
For the first time in nearly a quarter century, a U.S. Senate committee on April 10, adopted an Armenian Genocide Resolution, calling upon the Senate to commemorate this crime and encouraging the President to ensure that America’s foreign policy reflects and reinforces the lessons, documented in the U.S. record, of the still-unpunished genocide.
With a vote of 12 to 5, the Committee voted to condemn and commemorate the Armenian Genocide.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) spearheaded the effort to have this influential foreign policy panel speak clearly regarding the Ottoman Turkish Government’s centrally planned and systematically carried out campaign of genocide from 1915-1923, which resulted in the deaths of over 1.5 million men, women and children.