NZ's foreign minister arrives in Turkey for Muslim summit

Erdogan said the'empathy and solidarity shown towards Muslims by New Zealand's prime minister'should be an example for all world leaders

Erdogan, who is seeking to drum up support for his Islamist-rooted AK Party in March 31 local elections, again showed footage of the shooting at a rally on Thursday.

The comments came at a campaign rally that included video footage of the shootings that the alleged gunman had broadcast on Facebook.

New Zealand's deputy prime minister said the gunman accused of killing 50 people in two mosques in the South Pacific nation would spend the rest of his life in isolation in prison and called for solidarity to eradicate "hate-filled ideologies".

Peters met privately with President Tayyip Erdogan overnight in Istanbul and it's understood Erdogan assured the New Zealand government the video would not be used anymore.

Peters and Erdogan are to attend an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Friday in Istanbul over the shootings in Christchurch and Islamophobia.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called for a global fight against rising Islamophobia like "anti-Semitism after the Holocaust" following the deadly attacks on two New Zealand mosques.

The embassy released a statement on Sunday afternoon saying the country wanted to "categorically rule out" the existence of a security threat against New Zealanders. Referring to a "manifesto" posted online by the attacker, he said Turkey will return "in coffins" anyone who tried to take the battle to Istanbul.

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New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters protested on Monday that such politicisation of the massacre "imperils the future and safety of the New Zealand people and our people overseas, and it's totally unfair".

The video, which was blurred but had clear sounds of automatic gunfire, has been shown to thousands of people at the rallies and aired live on Turkish television, despite efforts by New Zealand to halt its spread.

Peters told reporters he had not addressed these comments with Erdogan because he did not think it would serve a "long-term peaceful goal", adding that he had received assurances regarding the safety of New Zealanders visiting Turkey.

The OIC groups together Muslim countries to protect the interests of the Muslim world.

Erdogan's statement prompted Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to summon the Turkish ambassador in Canberra.

This is despite Australia's travel advice for Turkey being reviewed in light of the diplomatic tensions.

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