New Zealand Scolds Ally Australia for Rejecting Accused Islamic State Terrorist

‘Tired of Australia exporting its problems’: Ardern denounces Morrison over detainee in Turkey

‘Tired of Australia exporting its problems’: Ardern denounces Morrison over detainee in Turkey

Ardern said her government has an obligation to its citizens regardless of the circumstances or offences committed, and that decisions would be driven by the fact that two small children "who did not make the choice of being born in a war zone" were involved.

Ardern accused Australia of abdicating its responsibility, highlighting that Aden was raised in Australia and travelled to Syria on an Australian passport.

Australia's decision to revoke the citizenship of a dual citizen, who has lived in Australia since the age of six, has prompted a furious response from the New Zealand prime minister.

The Kiwi leader is not happy with Australia.

On Tuesday an irate Ms Ardern said she had spoken with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison about the dual national in 2019 after she was detained with her two children after Western-backed Syrian Kurdish forces retook the final sliver of IS territory in Syria.

The woman's case has been known to Australian and New Zealand authorities for some time.

The Turkish defence ministry described the family as New Zealand nationals who had been trying to enter the country "illegally from Syria" and "were caught by our border guards".

In a corresponding statement, Ardern called on the Australian government to comply with its worldwide obligations and consider the welfare of children involved.

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On Tuesday, Ms Ardern unleashed on Scott Morrison claiming it is "wrong that New Zealand should shoulder the responsibility for a situation involving a woman who has not lived in New Zealand since she was six".

"Any fair minded person would consider this person an Australian and that is my view too".

At the time Ardern learnt the woman's Australian citizenship had been revoked she warned Morrison there would be strong language used if the matter became public.

During a press conference in Sydney a year ago, Ardern delivered the blunt message while standing next to Morrison, warning him: "Do not deport your people and your problems".

The Prime Minister has unleashed on her Australian counterpart nearly a year to the day since her last scrap with Scott Morrison. "That's my job", said Morrison, according to Reuters.

"It's my job as the Australian prime minister to put Australia's national security interests first", he said.

"The legislation that was passed through our Parliament automatically cancels the citizenship of a dual citizen when they've been engaged in terrorist activities of this nature", Morrison said, adding that he would speak to Ardern about the issue. "I think New Zealand, frankly, is exhausted of having Australia export its problems".

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