ANKARA (Reuters) — The Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Monday it had recalled its ambassador to Brazil for consultation, after the Latin American country’s Senate passed legislation recognizing the massacre of Armenians during World War One in Turkey as genocide.
The ministry also summoned Brazil’s ambassador to Ankara on June 3 over the matter, it said in an emailed statement.
“We view the decision by the Brazilian Senate that distorts reality and overlooks the law as irresponsible and we condemn it,” the Foreign Ministry said.
The Federal Senate of Brazil last week unanimously adopted a resolution officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide. Resolution No 550/2015 was introduced by Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and National Defense of the Senate, Federal Senator Aloizio Nunez Fereira Filio and Federal Senator Jose Sera.