Turkey's Erdogan to NZ terrorist: You will pay for this


Vote hungry Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has angered many and created diplomatic spat with New Zealand and Australia by linking the Christchurch mosque shooting with a World War I battle targeting Islam.

Morrison said Canberra is also reconsidering its travel advice for Australians planning trips to Turkey.

"They insult the memory of our Anzacs and they violate the pledge that is etched in the stone at Gallipoli of the promise of Ataturk to the mothers of our Anzacs".

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"Izmir! You who throw the giaours in the sea and protect the helpless", he said, in an apparent reference to the Greeks who drowned while trying to flee a fire set by Turks in the port, Turkey's name for the city where he was speaking, and non-Muslim Christians.

"We have always enjoyed a healthy relationship with our Turkish hosts and have been running tours to Gallipoli for over two decades".

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the supporters of his ruling Justice and Development Party, AKP, at a rally in Istanbul, late Tuesday, March 19, 2019, ahead of local elections scheduled for March 31, 2019.

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

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The prime minister summoned Turkish ambassador Korhan Karakoc to Parliament House yesterday to explain the remarks and tell him the president should withdraw them.

Turkish Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said comments made by Erdogan on Monday during the commemoration of the 1915 Gallipoli campaign were taken out of context, adding he was responding to the attacker's "manifesto", which was posted online by the attacker and later taken down.

Erdogan had already been sharply rebuked by New Zealand for his comments and for using gruesome video shot by the Christchurch mosque gunman as an election campaign prop.

He is likely to meet members of Erdoğan's cabinet when he attends an emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation in Istanbul, which will be addressed by Erdoğan on Friday. "Have no doubt we will send you back like your grandfathers", Erdogan said.

Morrison said Australia's ambassador to Turkey will on Wednesday meet with the members of Erdogan's government. "The comments also completely misrepresent the very strong position taken by the Australian and New Zealand governments in our response to the extremist attack in New Zealand that was committed by an Australian".

Peters said he had complained directly to visiting Turkish Vice-President Fuat Oktay and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

He also called on Western leaders to learn from "the courage, leadership and sincerity" of New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and "embrace Muslims living in their respective countries".

"Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders have made pilgrimages in acknowledgment of what ties and binds our countries", she said.