Serj Tankian has publicly applauded U.S. President Joe Biden for breaking with precedent and formally recognising the Armenian Genocide of 1915.
On Saturday, the Democratic chief marked Armenian Remembrance Day by issuing an announcement remembering the estimated 1.5 million people who find themselves believed to have been murdered or displaced by Ottoman Empire leaders.
As such, Biden grew to become the primary sitting president to discuss with the mass killings as “genocide”, 18 months after members of the U.S. Home of Representatives handed a decision formally acknowledging the tragedy – though Turkish authorities officers proceed to disclaim it ever occurred.
The daring transfer was welcomed by System of a Down frontman Tankian, whose grandparents fled the atrocity, and he took to social media to heap reward on Biden.
“Thanks to President Joe Biden for correctly recognizing the #ArmenianGenocide in the present day,” Tankian posted on Instagram.
“That is extraordinarily vital however solely a milestone in the direction of the lengthy highway of justice forward with Turkey and its imminent have to do the identical and make amends in the direction of the descendants of 1.5 Million Armenians, Greeks, and Assyrians systematically slaughtered by its Ottoman Turkish ancestors,” he went on.
“Right this moment, I’ll say thanks to the US and all those that have fought arduous for this assertion over time,” he added.
Actuality star Kim Kardashian and pop icon Cher, who each have Armenian ancestry, additionally shared the information on social media, with the singer posting: “After many years of wrestle, the US authorities has lastly made certain that it’s on the best facet of historical past… (Reward) to President @JoeBiden”.