WASHINGTON—The United States will not attend Turkey’s celebration of the Battle of Gallipoli on April 24, according to Turkey’s Sozcu daily newspaper, which reports that neither President Obama nor a US delegation will be present.
The Turkish government slated its annual remembrance event for April 24 in a clear attempt to detract from commemorations of the Armenian Genocide, which have taken place on April 24 every year.
Although a U.S. delegation will not partake in the event, the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey John Bass will be in attendance, Sozcu reports.
The Vatican, which reaffirmed the Armenian Genocide earlier this month with a Holy Mass, has also declined to attend the event, as have top officials in Germany, including Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck.