Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan offered his gratitude and thanks to U.S. President Joe Biden on Saturday for designating the slaughter of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks in 1915 an act of genocide.
Pashinyan said that Biden's decision "reaffirms the supremacy of human rights."
"I highly appreciate your principled position, which is a powerful step towards the restoration of truth and historical justice, invaluable support to the descendants of the victims of the Armenian genocide," Pashinyan said.
Previous American administrations have avoided making the designation that Biden did, fearing that doing so would strain relations with Turkey.
Historical estimates place the number of Armenians slaughtered at nearly 1.5 million. Turkey's minister of Foreign Affairs issued a statement in response to Biden's, declaring that his country "entirely reject[s]" the designation of genocide.
The Christian persecution watchdog group International Christian Concern praised Biden for becoming the first president since former President Ronald Reagan to "stand up" to Turkey.