Australia to summon Turkish ambassador over Erdoğan’s comments: report | 3/20/2019 | Staff
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Australia’s prime minister said he would summon Turkey’s ambassador in Canberra on Wednesday to explain “very offensive” comments made by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the wake of the Christchurch massacre, AFP reported.

Erdoğan, while campaigning for local elections, presented the attack as part of an assault on Turkey and Islam and that warned anti-Muslim Australians would suffer the same fate as soldiers at Gallipoli, a blood-drenched World War I battle.

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“I find it a very offensive comment, of course I do, and I will be calling in the Turkish ambassador today to meet with me to discuss these issues,” Scott Morrison told national broadcaster ABC.

Erdoğan had already been sharply rebuked by New Zealand for his comments and for using gruesome video shot by the Christchurch mosque gunman as an election campaign prop.

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Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters protested on Monday that such politicization of the massacre “imperils the future and safety of the New Zealand people and our people abroad, and it’s totally unfair.”

Peters announced on Tuesday that he would be travelling to...
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