Last month the House of Representatives officially recognised the Armenian genocide, infuriating Turkey [Reuters]

A Republican US Senate member on Thursday blocked a resolution recognising the “Armenian genocide“, the second time in a week that a member of President Donald Trump’s party halted the measure.

Senator David Perdue prevented a bipartisan effort to pass the resolution by unanimous consent, arguing that its passage during a sensitive period “would undermine the administration’s commitment to overcoming real challenges in our bilateral relationship with Turkey.”

The move angered Senate Democrat Robert Menendez, whose effort had been rebuffed the previous week after Republican congressmen met with visiting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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