Risking a row with Turkey, a US NATO ally and partner, Joe Biden issued a statement on Saturday, honouring Armenian Remembrance Day and referring to the hundreds of thousands of Armenian deaths at the height of World War I as “a genocide”.
Khloe Kardashian, a US reality show star of Armenian descent, thanked President Joe Biden on social media Saturday for being the first US president to formally recognise the massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as a genocide.
“Thank you for honouring the stories, the pain, suffering and loss of the Armenian people”, the TV personality wrote on Instagram, pointing out that back “in 1915, over 1.5 million Armenians were slaughtered and tortured”.
‘Ottoman-Era Armenian Genocide’
“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”, Biden said in his statement, a copy of which Kardashian posted to her Instagram story.
Multiple US celebrities with Armenian origins have hitherto called the authorities to brand the mass deaths as a genuine genocide.
The Democratic president went on to call the public to turn their eyes to the future – “toward the world that we wish to build for our children”, bringing up the “shared resolve to…