Sargisian Stresses Importance of Genocide Recognition, Rejects ‘Language of Preconditions’ for Establishing Relations
WASHINGTON (RFE/RL) — US President Barack Obama said this week Armenia and Turkey should “make every effort” to advance the process of normalizing relations.
Obama made the remarks at a meeting with Armenian President Serge Sargisian on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in Washington on April 12.
It followed a meeting between Sargisian and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan aimed at kick-starting the stalled reconciliation process.
Reports from the US capital said that the meeting lasted for about 80 minutes. Armenia’s and Turkey’s foreign ministers were also in attendance.
Before he left Ankara, Erdogan told reporters that “the priority issue [at the meeting] is developments regarding Armenia.”
Neither Sargisian nor Erdogan spoke to the press after their meeting.
Armenia and Turkey last October signed agreements to establish diplomatic relations and open their land border.