Turkey sends delegation to New Zealand after terror attack
ANKARA- Anadolu Agency
"I am sending our vice president, foreign minister, and a delegation to New Zealand,” said Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on March 15 in a phone call to Dame Patsy Reddy, New Zealand's governor-general, as shown in video posted online by Erdoğan's communications director.
"The manifesto that the terrorist released clearly shows that this was no individual act," added Erdoğan, stressing the importance of exposing the groups behind the attacks, and offering Turkey's help.
Turkey's vice president on March 16 urged the international community to stand up against Islamophobia, xenophobia, radicalism, and racism.
“We invite the whole world to stand up against Islamophobia, xenophobia, radicalism, and racism,” Oktay said.
“Taking effective measures against Islamophobia-related problems has become crucial beyond necessity in today's world,” he added.
The deadly attacks were the "result of racism based on Islamophobic and xenophobic hate speech," said the declaration signed by the deputy group chairs of the parties.
The Western world should "avoid encouraging the actions of Islamophobic tendencies," it added.
"The Western governments and media should wholeheartedly and categorically steer clear of rhetoric that provoke Islamophobic emotions and actions," warned the declaration.
The declaration was issued by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), and Good (İYİ) Party.
“On behalf of the members of the Turkish Defense Ministry and Turkish Armed Forces, I strongly condemn this racist terrorism, which was perversely and viciously livestreamed,” Hulusi Akar said in a statement.
“This massacre once again exposed Islamophobic, fascistic terror to the eyes of the whole world,” Akar said, and added: “This event clearly shows the troubling point anti-Islamism and Muslim hostility [have reached] in the world.”
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu also decried the attacks, and added: “The sin of this incident belongs to Western civilization, which changes its tune according to the nationality and religion of the people killed.”
Ahead of the match between Fenerbahçe and Sivasspor played in Istanbul's Kadıköy district on March 15, footballers observed a moment of silence for all the victims.