Australia summons the Turkish ambassador for offensive comments by Erdogan

Australia summons the Turkish ambassador for offensive comments by Erdogan

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the Turkish ambassador in his country for consultations and warned of possible new actions in response to "very offensive" comments by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the New Zealand massacre.

Erdogan alluded to the campaign of Australian and New Zealand troops in the Turkish peninsula of Gallipoli during the First World War and assured that those who visit Turkey with an anti-Muslim attitude will be returned to their country in coffins "like their grandparents".

The Turkish leader made these demonstrations in an electoral act in which he also showed images of the video recorded by the assailant of the two mosques of Christchurch and affirmed that if New Zealand does not punish the author of the attack, of Australian nationality, it will Turkey.

"I felt deeply offended, just like any other Australian," Morrison told ABC television before welcoming the Turkish ambassador.

"These comments completely distort the clear position of the governments of Australia and New Zealand in our response to the extremist attack … We could not be clearer in our condemnation and support for the Muslim community," he added after the meeting.

The Turkish ambassador attributed the comments to a "heater" in the electoral context, excuses that were not accepted by Morrison, who demanded a public rectification and threatened to review the travel alert to Turkey.

"I will wait to see what the Turkish government's response is before making a decision but I tell them that all options are on the table," Morrison said.


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