ANKARA, Turkey—On March 13, Swedish Prime Minister Frederick Reinfeldt apologized to his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for the resolution passed by the Swedish Parliament recognizing the Armenian Genocide, reported Hurriyet Daily News.
According to a statement issued by Erdogan’s office, Reinfeldt said, “The government is absolutely against the resolution, which was ratified as a result of domestic policy, and it will have no sanction or exercise power.” He added that Sweden will not allow the resolution to affect relations will Turkey.
Erdogan, in turn, demanded that Sweden “take steps to remedy this mistake.”
Turkey recalled its ambassador to Sweden for consultations following the recognition of the genocide by the Swedish Parliament. According to Ankara, the vote was “based upon major errors and without foundation.”
Also in reaction to the vote, Erdogan canceled his visit to Stockholm next week.