Ankara is justifying for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s statements which have caused tension in Turkey’s relations with Australia and New Zealand.
Turkey attempts to justify for Erdoğan comments on New Zealand mosque attack
STEPANAKERT, MARCH 21, ARTSAKHPRESS: Comments by Erdoğan following the mosque attack in New Zealand that sparked protest by Australia were taken “out of context,” a senior aide said on Wednesday, after Canberra summoned Turkey's envoy over the remarks, AFP reported.
“President #Erdogan’s words were unfortunately taken out of context,” Fahrettin Altun, communications director for the Turkish presidency, wrote on Twitter.
Erdoğan angered Australia after he warned anti-Muslim Australians—like the suspected gunman—would be “sent back in coffins” like their grandfathers at Gallipoli, which was the scene of a blood-drenched WWI battle.
More than 8,000 Australians died fighting Turkish forces around the seaside town.
On the local election campaign trail, the Turkish leader has showed the video footage of the terror attack that killed 50 people on two mosques in Christchurch and said the massacre intended to target Turkey and Islam.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemned the comments as “reckless” and “highly offensive,” warning he would consider “all options” in reviewing ties with Turkey.