Turkey’s Erdogan sparks spat with Australia, New Zealand

Turkey’s Erdogan sparks spat with Australia, New Zealand

In addition, Erdogan landed in hot water for using the video of the attack, which New Zealand has been trying to have removed from the internet.

Ignoring widespread criticism, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday again showed excerpts of a video taken by the attacker who killed 50 people in mosques in New Zealand, to denounce what he called rising hatred and prejudice against Islam.

The massacre was livestreamed on social media, and was accompanied by the release of a racist, Islamophobic, manifesto that also attacked Turkey.

Altun said Erdogan's comments were in "a historical context of attacks against Turkey, past and present" in a speech delivered on the 104th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign.

Burials for the victims began on Wednesday morning amid aggravation over the delay, as under Islam bodies are usually buried within 24 hours.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday after a lone gunman opened fire at two Christchurch mosques during Friday prayers, killing 50 people.

Prime Minister Morrison has responded angrily to the Erdogan's comments, saying "all options are on the table" and revealed he would review travel advice to Turkey, which could see Australians discouraged from travelling to the nation for ANZAC commemorations.

Erdogan has also sparked outrage overseas by screening at his campaign rallies excerpts of a video taken by the gunman who killed 50 people in mosques in Christchurch, to denounce what he has called rising hatred and prejudice against Islam.

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"Each year there always seems to be an issue brought up on the eve of the Gallipoli ceremonies but we are in close contact with DFAT (the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) and we expect our tours to go ahead without any issues", they said.

Auckland already held talks with the Turkish ambassador to New Zealand, but the decision of the foreign minister, Winston Peters, to deliver his message personally is an index of his concern that the country's grief is being exploited by Turkey for internal political purposes.

Scott Morrison has condemned a "highly offensive" threat from the Turkish president in the wake of the Christchurch terrorist attack.

"They are offensive because they insult the memory of our Anzacs and they violate the pledge that is etched in the stone at Gallipoli", he said, referring to a promise made by the founder of modern Turkey, Kemal Ataturk, that those who are buried rest on friendly soil.

"You will not turn Istanbul into Constantinople", he said, adding, "Your grandparents came here ... and they returned in caskets".

The prime minister summoned Turkish ambassador Korhan Karakoc to Parliament House yesterday to explain the remarks and tell him the president should withdraw them. "I've asked for these comments, particularly their reporting of the misrepresented position of Australia on Turkish television, the state-sponsored broadcaster, to be taken down", he said.

Morrison said: "Ataturk sought to transform his country into a modern nation and an embracing nation, and I think these [Erdogan's] comments are at odds with that spirit".

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