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The Brazilian government sees the decision by the government of Turkey to recall for consultations its Ambassador to Brazil as regrettable. The Brazilian government also finds regrettable the content of the Turkish government’s press release concerning the adoption, by the Federal Senate, of its Petition no. 550 containing a “Motion of Solidarity with the Armenian People during the Centenary Year of the Campaign to Exterminate its Population.”

On June 1, the Turkish Ambassador was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where the Secretary General of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Sergio Danese, offered ample explanations concerning the proceedings then underway in the Senate, the meaning of the petition, and Brazil’s longstanding and unaltered position on the issue. The Secretary General passed on these same explanations to the Armenian Ambassador.

The Federal Senate acted according to its constitutional prerogatives and the principle of balance of power as enshrined under the Brazilian constitution.

The Brazilian government remains hopeful that its bilateral relations with Turkey — formally established as strategic by both countries — will return soon to a state of complete normality.

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