New Zealand calls for solidarity at Muslim summit in Istanbul

New Zealand calls for solidarity at Muslim summit in Istanbul

New Zealand calls for solidarity at Muslim summit in Istanbul

Brenton Harrison Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian, was arrested and charged with murder in the New Zealand mosque attacks.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called on the world to fight back against Islamophobia in the same way it responded to anti-Semitism after the Holocaust, following the deadly attacks on two New Zealand mosques.

Shortly after Peters spoke, Erdogan again showed footage from the massacre video at a political rally, with translated excepts from the killer s manifesto as well as images of a Turkish opposition leader.

In an address to leaders of Muslim countries attending the OIC meeting, including Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Turkey, Peters defended New Zealand's response to the shooting and said the perpetrator would spend his life in prison.

Levent said he met minister Peters at an emergency session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held in Istanbul to discuss the terrorist attack in New Zealand and increasing violence based on Islamophobia.

On Friday, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu praised New Zealand authorities and their "sincere solidarity messages".

The victims, he said, would get the full support of the New Zealand government.

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"Last Friday in Christchurch, New Zealand, at worship on their holy day within the sanctuary of the mosque, our Muslims were attacked in an utterly callous and cowardly act of terrorism".

Peters said "no punishment can match the depravity of his crime but the families of the fallen will have justice".

In rallies across Turkey, Erdogan has since called on New Zealand to restore the death penalty and said Turkey would make the suspected attacker pay if that country did not.

Erdogan slammed populist politicians who he said encouraged attacks on Muslims and refugees. And there's an elevated police presence throughout the country.

"Politicians who pave themselves the road to power by alienating Muslims and creating enemies out of refugees, must pull themselves together".

Winston Peters chose not to confront the President over his use of footage from the Christchurch attacks at campaign rallies, or his remarks about sending Australians and New Zealanders home in coffins. He argued Muslims weren't the only ones affected by "rising cultural racism".

"We are here to show we are one body against Islamophobic actions across the world", he said.

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