Anzac Day travellers urged to be cautious


Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded to the shootings at two mosques with a message for Australians and New Zealanders planning on visiting Gallipoli for Anzac Day.

Morrison said Australians travelling to Turkey should exercise common sense and cautioned that travel advice for Turkey was under review. Shepherding this lucrative industry gives some practical goal to the bilateral relationship, but as we've seen, history is inevitably tangled up in the present, and not a foundation for strong ties.

Erdogan has vowed to make the shooter pay if New Zealand failed to do so.

Erdogan also angered Australia after he said that Australian and New Zealand troops fought in Turkey during World War I because they wanted to wage a war against Islam. "We are very clear that the terrorist attack in Christchurch, committed by a person who is not a New Zealander, is utterly contrary to our core beliefs".

Erdogan made these comments after an earlier election campaign rally, where he showed footage of the Christchurch gunman's attack to highlight Islamophobia in Western countries.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he delivers a speech to MPs of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, on January 8, 2019. In Australia and New Zealand, the campaign is remembered for the sacrifice of young soldiers by callous British leaders.

"If you come here with the same intentions, we will be waiting and have no doubt we will see you off like your ancestors".

But Mr Erdogan's Communications Director Fahrettin Altun tried to clarify the president's remarks via Twitter this morning.

"Turks have always been the most welcoming and gracious hosts to their Anzac visitors", he said.

Erdogan's office said the president was
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That was criticized by Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters, who will visit Turkey to attend a special ministerial meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul later this week.

Morrison said he did not accept as an excuse that "things are said in an electoral context".

A memorial at the battlefield carries Ataturk's words: "There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets. after having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well".

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday after a lone gunman opened fire at the two mosques during Friday prayers.

Morrison said Australia's ambassador to Turkey will on Wednesday meet with the members of Erdogan's government.

However, Mr Erdogan's recent comments about last week's attacks in Christchurch have provoked alarm in Wellington and Canberra ahead of the April 25 commemorations.

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.

ANC-AU has called on the Returned and Services League (RSL) to unequivocally condemn this outburst by Erdogan, which they said "disrespects our ANZAC martyrs and provides a true picture of what the Turkish State thinks of them when the diplomatic veils are lifted".

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