March 22, 2019 / 8:17 AM / 4 months ago

Turkey's Erdogan says Ardern's response to attack an example to world

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends a ceremony marking the 104th anniversary of Battle of Canakkale, also known as the Gallipoli Campaign, in Canakkale, Turkey March 18, 2019. Cem Oksuz/Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said the reaction and empathy shown by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern following the attack in two mosques in Christchurch should be an example to world leaders.

In a speech during the meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Erdogan also thanked the people and authorities of New Zealand for their sensitivity and determination against the attack.

New Zealand’s foreign minister arrived in Turkey early Friday for what he called “substantial” talks after comments made by Erdogan over the killing of 50 people at the mosques sparked a diplomatic spat between the nations.

Reporting by Sarah Dadouch and Ezgi Erkoyun; Writing by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Jonathan Spicer

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