Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu pressed his US counterpart Hillary Clinton in a telephone call Sunday to stop the resolution from advancing to a full vote at the House of Representatives, a ministry spokesman said in Ankara.
Turkey withdrew its ambassador in early March after a House committee narrowly approved the resolution calling the mass killings genocide.
“We understand the reasons why Turkey recalled its ambassador,” State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters. “We hope that the ambassador will be returned as quickly as Turkey feels comfortable.”
After the vote by the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Clinton said that “we do not believe the full Congress will or should act on that resolution.”
“The Turkish side has made its concerns about the House committee vote known. We’ve also made clear our position on that resolution,” Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg told reporters.
“So we hope that this is the basis to move forward because we have a lot of business to do together,” Steinberg said, pointing to cooperation in the Balkans and other areas.