NZ will respond to Erdogan's comments in Turkey

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has decided to respond "face-to-face" to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's comments on the attack on mosques, saying that his foreign minister will travel to Turkey to respond to Erdogan's comments.


New Zealand Prime Minister Winston Peters will travel to Turkey to "respond" to comments made by Erdogan after at least 50 people were killed in an attack on the mosques, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday.

The murder was charged to Australian Brenton Tarant, 28, suspected of being a white supremacist, last Saturday after shooting at mosques during Friday prayers.

Erdogan, who is seeking to rally support for the AK Party in local elections scheduled for March 31, said Turkey would make the attacker "pay for his crime".

The comments came during an election campaign during which a videotape of the shots was broadcast by the attacker on Facebook, prompting a wave of condemnation over Erdogan's insistence on the horrific video.

Erdogan is trying to exploit the attack on the mosques in the service of his electoral and political interests as he did by investing the Palestinian cause and demonstrations in the Arab countries.



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