Turkey's Erdogan sparks spat with Australia, New Zealand

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan played footage of the Christchurch massacre at a political rally before saying Australians with anti-Muslim views would be sent home in coffins like their grandfathers.

He said at a press conference: "Remarks have been made by the Turkish President Erdogan that I consider highly offensive to Australians, and highly reckless in this very sensitive environment". We had no issues with you, why did you come all the way over here?

As a result of the shooting, at least 50 people have died, with New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern describing it as a terrorist act.

Erdoğan's use of the footage has continued even though Facebook has removed more than 1.5m videos related to the attack from its site, partly at the urging of New Zealand authorities, who are determined not to give the killer notoriety. "I don't find these comments very helpful", he said. "Have no doubt that we will see you off too, the way we did your grandfathers".

He also recently engaged in a war of words with Israel's prime minister and frequently slams the European Union over its immigration policies and what he says is rising Islamophobia.

Erdogan also said that people who want Turkey conquered and turned into a Christian nation like it was during the times of Byzantium - which was one of the goals stated by the Christchurch shooter in his manifesto - won't get what they want.

Ardern said Foreign Minister Winston Peters would seek urgent clarification over the remarks during his visit.

Erdogan's remarks and the use of the shooting video, which social media have been fighting hard to suppress, was criticized by both Australian and New Zealand officials.

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Hundreds of New Zealanders and Australians travel to Canakkale each year for Anzac Day on April 25, to mark the start of the battle of Gallipoli and commemorate the dead.

Mr Karakoc told reporters as he exited Parliament House: 'We had a frank exchange with the prime minister and the Gallipoli spirit will always remain'.

"They are testing us from 16,500km away, from New Zealand, with the messages they are giving from there".

New Zealand's worldwide spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau, confirmed it had not received any relevant information or intelligence before the shootings.

Morrison said Australians travelling to Turkey should exercise common sense and cautioned that travel advice for Turkey was under review.

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.

He said his ambassador to Turkey would also be meeting with members of the Turkish government to discuss what steps to take, adding that all options were on the table, including a break in diplomatic relations.

Peters said he had complained directly to visiting Turkish Vice-President Fuat Oktay and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

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