Published: Mon, March 25, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Erdoğan praises New Zealand PM after row over mosque attacks

Erdoğan praises New Zealand PM after row over mosque attacks

Addressing the OIC meeting on Friday, Mr Erdogan praised New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern, saying her "reaction, the empathy displayed, and her solidarity with Muslims" should serve as an example to all leaders.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who will also speak at the summit, has sparked outrage overseas by screening at campaign rallies excerpts of the Tarrant's video to denounce Islamophobia.

Winston Peters said Erdoğan's words and actions in screening the footage of the attack were putting New Zealanders' lives at risk. Facebook said it removed 1.5 million versions of the video in the first 24 hours after the attack.

Levent said he met minister Peters at an emergency session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held in Istanbul to discuss the terrorist attack in New Zealand and increasing violence based on Islamophobia.

Earlier in the day, Peters took part in a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul.

Erdogan has angered New Zealand by showing excerpts of the footage at campaign rallies for local elections this month.

In the March 15 attack in Christchurch, alleged gunman Brenton Tarrant killed 50 men, women and children - the victims aged between three and 77 years old - in a massacre that sparked global revulsion.

Winston Peters said Erdoğan's words and actions in screening the footage of the attack were putting New Zealanders' lives at risk
Erdoğan praises New Zealand PM after row over mosque attacks

"Our police have started the largest investigation in our history", said Peters, who had earlier condemned Erdogan's airing of the footage as risking endangering New Zealanders overseas.

The Turkish president has threatened to send back "in caskets" anyone who tried to take the battle to Istanbul.

New Zealand's government on Friday reassured Muslims living in the country they would be "safe and secure" despite the deadly attacks in Christchurch.

Representatives from the OIC, which groups Muslim countries, said in a statement that "genuine, comprehensive and systematic measures" were needed to tackle the "affliction" of Islamophobia.

Earlier in the week, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called Erdogan's comments "deeply offensive", though on Thursday he said progress had been made and "we've already seen the moderation of the president's views".

This is despite Australia's travel advice for Turkey being reviewed in light of the diplomatic tensions.

"We are returning home to New Zealand with a grateful assurance that our people will come here to commemorate Anzac and will be as welcome as they always were", Mr. Peters said.

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