New Zealand statement to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation emergency meeting

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This statement was delivered by NZ Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Emergency Meeting on the Christchurch terror attack.

"Istanbul, Turkey

Assalaam alaikum

Peace be upon you

And peace be upon all of us

The words of the Prophet Mohammed peace be upon him, about feeding the hungry and greeting with peace those you know and those you do not know, are so seriously true. 

Let us acknowledge our host country, Turkey, and President Erdogan.

At the invitation of His Excellency Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, we felt it was critical that two members of the New Zealand Government’s Cabinet should travel here today.

It is important that both of us join you at this extraordinary meeting to discuss the appalling terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.  We also acknowledge Foreign Minister colleagues who have changed their schedules to be here.

We meet under the most appalling of circumstances.

And to discuss how to respond to the sickening terrorist attack that took place in New Zealand one week ago today.  A day that changed our country – a day when a coward not from New Zealand attempted to terrorise us and tear us apart."


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