Erdogan threats an attempt to shore up local elections: policy expert

Turkey’s President Broadcasts Footage of Terrorist Attacks As Social Media Giants Under Pressure to Remove It

The difference, he said, is that some Western politicians, like Australian Senator Fraser Anning, chose Islam rather than ignorance and hatred as the cause of violence.

In a meeting with Kalla, Mr Peters expressed deep condolences for the Indonesians who were killed and injured in last week's mosque attacks in Christchurch.

Turkish President Erdogan's words were "taken out of context" while responding to the manifesto of an Australian terrorist who killed at least 50 worshippers in twin mosque attacks in New Zealand, a senior official of the Turkish presidency said on Wednesday. "If you come as well like your grandfathers, be sure that you will be gone like your grandfathers", he was reported as saying. "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 statement added.

New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters protested on Monday (March 18) that such politicisation of the massacre "imperils the future and safety of the New Zealand people and our people overseas, and it's totally unfair". Erdogan said. "The only reason: We're Muslim, and they're Christian". Additionally, the Turkish president released an op-ed eloquently titled The New Zealand killer and the Islamic State are cut from the same cloth.

Erdogan, 65, has been holding multiple rallies for his Islamist-rooted AK Party as opinion polls show its support waning in the two biggest cities, Ankara and Istanbul, ahead of local elections on March 31.

Just over a century ago, thousands of soldiers from the ANZAC struggled ashore on a narrow beach at Gallipoli during an ill-fated campaign that would claim more than 130,000 lives.

"We had a frank exchange with the prime minister and the Gallipoli spirit will always remain", the ambassador said on his way out of Parliament House.

"It's been made clear to me that Australians and New Zealanders are welcome, especially for the Anzac commemorations coming up", he told reporters in Perth.

Mr Morrison, who said "all options" for further action remained available, accused Mr Erdogan of insulting the memory of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) troops, which he said violated "the pledge that is etched in stone at Gallipoli".

Mr Morrison has rejected excuses from Turkey's ambassador to Australia, but Mr Erdogan's communications advisor Fahrettin Altun downplayed the comments.

"Ataturk sought to transform his country into a modern nation and an embracing nation, and I think these comments are at odds with that spirit", Morrison said.

"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.

Visitors from Australia and New Zealand attend a ceremony in Gallipoli, Turkey at the Lone Pine Australian memorial marking the 103rd anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign during World War One, on April 25, 2018.

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