Turkish Senior Officials To Visit New Zealand After Terror Attack - Ankara

Turkish Senior Officials to Visit New Zealand After Terror Attack - Ankara

Turkish Vice-President Fuat Oktay and Foreign Minister Mevlut Chavusoglu will pay a visit to New Zealand to express solidarity after a mass shooting in two mosques that left at least 49 people killed, Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Friday

ANKARA (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 16th March, 2019) Turkish Vice-President Fuat Oktay and Foreign Minister Mevlut Chavusoglu will pay a visit to New Zealand to express solidarity after a mass shooting in two mosques that left at least 49 people killed, Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

"H. E. Mr. Fuat Oktay, Vice-President and H.E. Mr. Mevlut Cavusoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs will be traveling to New Zealand, upon the instruction of our President, in order to convey the condolences of our President on the terrorist attacks that targeted two mosques today in Christchurch," the statement read.

During the visit, Oktay and Cavusoglu will emphasize the two countries "common resolve against Islamophobia and xenophobia" in solidarity with New Zealand after this "heinous" terror attack.

Earlier on Friday, a gunman opened fire at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, injuring more than 40 people. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called the shooting a terrorist act, saying it was the country's "darkest day."

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