Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemns Turkish President for inflammatory language on New Zealand attack

Australian PM talked on  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarding his speech after the shootings in New Zealand in which 50 people were killed. ‘Highly offensive to Australians and highly reckless in this very sensitive environment,’ the Prime Minister said regarding language used by Erdogan. He added: ‘I am expecting, and I have asked, for these comments to be clarified, to be withdrawn.’

The Australian PM Morrison said that he was going to review the bilateral relations between the two countries.

Morrison pointed to the response made by the Turkish ambassador to Australia, regarding Erdogan’s speech, saying that he did not find the response satisfactory. The ambassador had reportedly commented that the speech of Erdogan was ‘made in the heat of the moment… in an electoral context.”

New York Times reported that the Australian perpetrator of the attacks in New Zealand wrote in his manifesto that Muslims should be kicked out of the European side of Istanbul and the western side of the Bosphorus.

The Turkish President Erdogan held that the attack was an attack on Islam and Turkey. He added: ‘Anyone who comes to Gallipoli with anti-Muslim sentiments will be sent back in coffins like their grandfathers at Gallipoli.’ Erdogan’s reference to the Gallipoli war in which more than 8,000 ANZAC soldiers died was what sparked the criticism of the Australian government.

The Australian MP reiterated that both the Australian and New Zealand governments issued a condemnation of extremist right-wing terrorism and offered help to local Muslim communities right after the attack.  Morrison referred to Ataturk and argued that the Turkish President’s stance is a betrayal of the founding father’s promise. He commented: ‘Ataturk sought to transform his country into a modern and an embracing nation, and I think these comments are at odds with that spirit.’

The Australian MP finally commented that his country will be looking into reviewing travel advice for Turkey, particularly regarding participations at the the Anzac Day commemorations, which happen on April 25 each year in Turkey.


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