The Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, has indicated that he will summon the ambassador of Turkey in the country, Korhan Karakoc. He wants to talk about the words of the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the attack against two mosques of the New Zealand.
Above all, the Australian leader’s decision came after Erdogan assured his followers that all those anti-Muslim Australians would return home in coffins if they visited Turkey.
“I think the comments are very offensive, and not very helpful,” Morrison told. Australian and New Zealand forces suffered numerous casualties in the battle that took place during World War I.
Also, thousands of New Zealanders and Australians travel to Turkey each year to mark the anniversary of the battle, which is celebrated on 25 April.
“I believe that the responsibility of the leaders is to reduce the tension, not to increase it”, said the Prime Minister of Australia. He assured that he “does not accept the excuses” of the Turkish president about what happened.
Erdogan said the alleged perpetrator of the massacre, a 28-year-old Australian, was targeting Turkey “from 16,500 kilometres” when he carried out the massacre. Also, the terrorist described Turkey as a “foreign and enemy force“. He visited Turkey on several occasions.
The foreign minister will travel to Turkey
New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Turkey to address the issue. The people of New Zealand have travelled to Turkey for decades to celebrate Anzac Day.
In that regard, he had stressed that everyone must stand united against racism and extremism.
Also, Erdogan’s comments will not affect relations between Turkey and New Zealand. He has insisted that Peters will deal with the matter when he arrives in the Eurasian country.
Erdogan highlights Ardern’s leadership after the attack
Erdogan highlighted Ardern’s leadership after the attack. “All Western countries must learn from their courage, leadership and sincerity,” said the Turkish leader.
In addition, the Turkish president has challenged several Western countries and “blamed” them for what happened.
Finally, he called for the condemnation and rejection of “the normalisation of racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia. Unfortunately, these has increased in recent years”. In the past, xenophobia and Islamophobia have been treated with “silence”, he denounced. “We can’t let this happen again,” he added.