Senior US Official Says Turkish Envoy Recall ‘Regrettable’

WASHINGTON (Hurriyet)–A senior U.S. official has expressed regret over the Turkish government’s decision to recall its ambassador in a show of protest against a House committee resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide.

“The decision to recall the ambassador is regrettable; we have a policy of engagement and I hope Turkey has the same policy with the U.S.,” James B. Steinberg, the No. 2 official at the U.S. State Department, said Monday in an address to the Atlantic Council, a think tank in Washington, D.C.

“I think whatever the differences with Congress on this issue, it is important that we engage and that we talk about these areas,” he said.

An infuriated Turkey recalled Ambassador Namik Tan shortly after the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee approved a resolution calling on President Barack Obama to ensure that U.S. foreign policy reflects a proper acknowledgment of the Armenian Genocide as such.

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