- New Zealand-Australia row erupts over 'terrorist' dual national: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
New Zealand-Australia Row Erupts Over 'terrorist' Dual National: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern angrily accused Australia Tuesday of shirking its responsibility for a dual national arrested in Turkey with alleged links to the Islamic State militant group
Wellington, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 16th Feb, 2021 ) :New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern angrily accused Australia Tuesday of shirking its responsibility for a dual national arrested in Turkey with alleged links to the Islamic State militant group.
"Any fair-minded person would consider this person an Australian and that is my view too," Ardern said in a statement. "We believe Australia has abdicated its responsibilities." The 26-year-old woman was arrested with her two children near the Syrian border this week by Turkish authorities, and identified as a member of the Islamic State Group.
Morrison defended his government's decision as in "Australia's national security interests".
"We do not want to see terrorists who fought with terrorism organisations enjoying privileges of citizenship, which I think they forfeit the second they engage as an enemy of our country," he said during a press conference in Canberra.
But Morrison added that he would speak with Ardern further, saying: "There is still a lot more unknown about this case and where it sits and where it may go to next." Ardern also urged Australia to consider the welfare of the woman's children.
"These children were born in a conflict zone through no fault of their own," she said.
"Coming to New Zealand, where they have no immediate family, would not be in their best interests. We know that young children thrive best when surrounded by people who love them." Ardern said New Zealand was also engaging with Turkish authorities over the issue.
Wellington has previously criticised Australia for deporting people across the Tasman Sea who have tenuous ties to the country.
Ardern has pointed out many of those being deported have lived most of their lives in Australia and described the issue as "corrosive" to the relationship between the neighbouring nations.