Turkish President Recap Tayyip Erdogan was yesterday invited to take part in Yerevan’s 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan.
The news was announced by Armenia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who released an official statement on the subject.
The genocide, which saw the deaths of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians, were undertaken by the Ottoman Empire, which later evolved in modern day Turkey.
Although Turkey this year offered their condolences to Armenia the country has failed to recognise the incident as a genocide.
Recognition of the genocide is a large point of diplomacy for the two countries, and one that causes a lot of tensions, especially within the Armenian diaspora. Diplomatic relations between Turkey and Armenia have shown some signs of improving in recent months but have largely remained frozen since the Turkish-Armenian border was closed in 1993.
If president Erdogan accepts Armenia’s invitation he will make history as the first Turkish leader to officially commemorate the genocide alongside Armenians.