Ankara is hitting back after the Italian and French governments this week made decisions in recognition of the Armenian genocide.
â€śFrance should mind its own dark history in Rwanda and Algeria,â€ť Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a NATO meeting in Antalya on Friday, Anadolu AgencyÂ reported.
He was reacting to French President Emmanuel Macron signing a decision declaring April 24 a day of commemoration of the Armenian genocide. The decision was first announced in February.
â€śFrance is, first and foremost, the country that knows how to look history in the face,â€ť MacronÂ toldÂ members of the Armenian community in Paris at the time. France officially recognizes the genocide when 1.5 million Armenians were killed as part of a 1915 campaign of deportations and killings by the Ottoman Empire.
Turkey vehemently denies that the events constitute genocide and says that mass killings were committed by people on both sides.
â€śPresident Macronâ€™s decision has deeply hurt the Turkish community of more than 700 thousand living in France,â€ť Turkeyâ€™s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday. â€śIt is inevitable that this stance of France, which is far from being amicable will negatively affect its relations with Turkey.â€ť
A day earlier, Italyâ€™s Chamber of Deputies passed a motion recognizing the genocide.
Turkeyâ€™s Foreign Ministry condemned the move as manipulation of historical fact for domestic political gain.
â€śArmenian claims being continuously put forward before elections or in the context of anti-Turkish sentiments, clearly reveals the political nature of these claims and their incompatibility with historical facts,â€ť read aÂ statementÂ from the ministry on Wednesday.
Armeniaâ€™s Foreign Ministry welcomed the Italian decision as â€śyet another important input to the efforts of the international community to respect and restore the rights of the Armenian people who suffered the genocide.â€ťApril 24 is a public holiday in Armenia â€“ Armenian Genocide Memorial Day.