Australia reviewing Anzac travel to Turkey over president's 'offensive' comments

Australia reviewing Anzac travel to Turkey over president's 'offensive' comments

Australia reviewing Anzac travel to Turkey over president's 'offensive' comments

More than 8,000 Australians died fighting Turkish forces at Gallipoli, which has a prominent place in Australia's collective memory.

"All Muslims, our country, our nation and myself are targeted", he told his supporters.

"As such, the statement is very unfortunate and incompatible with the good neighborly relations as well as the environment of trust that we try to develop with this country", the Turkish ministry said in a statement posted on its website in English.

"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 and I expect that to occur".

In fiery remarks, Mr Morrison accused Mr Erdogan of betraying the promise of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk - the father of the modern state and a revered figure in Turkey - to forge peace between the two countries.

Scott Morrison warned he would consider "all options" in reviewing ties with Turkey.

During his speech, Erdogan presented excerpts from the "manifesto" and told the crowd, "We have been here for 1000 years and we will be here until the apocalypse, which is the will of God", he said after he repeatedly showed video footage of the Christchurch mosque attacks during the election rally.

'I hope he'll join with me in addressing the issues around social media when it comes to terrorist attacks, ' Mr Morrison said of his Turkish counterpart.

New Zealand's foreign minister, Winston Peters, hit out at the move saying such politicization of the attacks "imperils the future and safety of the New Zealand people and our people overseas, and it's totally unfair".

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Peters is travelling to Turkey this week to raise concerns about Erdogan's recent comments, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday, side-stepping questions from reporters about the controversary.

Last Friday, New Zealand was rocked by two consecutive terrorist mass shootings at Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Center in Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island.

The accused gunman, a self-avowed white supremacist from Australia, livestreamed video of much of the attack and spread a 72-page manifesto on social media claiming it was a strike against Muslim "invaders".

Meanwhile, in the aftermath of the incident, the issue of carrying weapons have come into the agenda of New Zealand's politics as Ardern has urged citizens to hand in weapons before new gun laws are introduced.

He said all Western leaders must learn from the "courage, leadership and sincerity" of Ardern and embrace Muslims living in their countries.

"We did not start or bring about this disaster and they clearly understood that".

"We are very clear that the terrorist attack in Christchurch, committed by a person who is not a New Zealander, is utterly contrary to our core beliefs", he said.

'If New Zealand fails to hold the attacker accountable, one way or another we will hold him to account, ' he said.

"What I can say at the moment most positively is there was only one attacker".

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