Erdogan calls for fight on Islamophobia as on anti-Semitism

People visit a memorial site for victims of Friday's shooting in front of the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch

People visit a memorial site for victims of Friday's shooting in front of the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch

Final communiqué of emergency meeting of OIC Foreign Ministers in Istanbul issued today appreciated the Government of New Zealand for its unequivocal condemnation of the terrorist attacks, in particular the firm and clear stance of the Prime Minister of New Zealand, who embraced the Muslim community and shared their grief.

But Mr Peters took a conciliatory tone during a speech at an emergency session of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) executive committee called by Turkey to combat prejudice against Muslims.

The suspected shooter is Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian national and a Dunedin resident.

"If we don't show our reaction in a strong manner, the neo-Nazi virus will engulf the body even more", Erdogan said.

Representatives from the OIC, which groups Muslim countries, said in a statement that "genuine, comprehensive and systematic measures" were needed to tackle the "affliction" of Islamophobia.

Erdogan later on Friday again showed an excerpt of the video at an election rally in the central city of Konya.

People gather to support a remembrance for the victims of last week's mosque shooting, at the police cordon for the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 22, 2019.

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It also firmly rejected all presumptions of guilt or attributions of potential crimes, extremism and terrorism to ordinary Muslims.

He has also angered Australia with comments about anti-Muslim Australians being sent back in "coffins" like their grandfathers at Gallipoli, a WWI battle.

Earlier, a court in New Zealand ruled to place Tarrant in custody until April 5.

Speaking after Peters, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu praised New Zealand authorities and their "sincere solidarity messages" in the aftermath of the terror attack.

Peters said he did not feel a need to discuss the Turkish leader's use of the attack video, but he said he had been reassured on Erdogan's Gallipoli comments.

"We are looking forward to commemorating and grieving with the Turkish people as to the event, and to some substantial talks when we are here", Winston Peters told reporters at the airport in Istanbul.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called for a global fight against rising anti-Muslim bigotry along the same lines as "anti-Semitism after the Holocaust" following the deadly attacks on two New Zealand mosques. Police stand guard outside all mosques to ensure people can pray in peace.

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