Addressing an audience of Turkish Society representatives and others, PM Erdogan referred to a recent visit made by the spiritual leader of the Armenians in Turkey, Patriarch Mesrob II, noting "Look, they didn't even want Armenian Patriarch Mutafian to speak here. Why didn't they want him to speak? Because the Armenians who live amongst us in Turkey, our Armenian citizens, have no complaints. I have Armenian citizens in my own party.....There is an (Armenian) diaspora here, I am speaking openly now, they are after their own interests, and pursuing these claims to see how they can benefit."
Prime Minister also used his address to call on Turkish citizens living in the US to become US citizens, noting that this would help improve relations between the two countries.