| 22.03,19. 07:55 PM |
'Muslim nations must act against threats on humanity's future'
The Turkish president said Friday that Muslim nations must take action against developments threatening the future of humanity.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan was speaking at a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) gathered in Istanbul to discuss last week's twin terrorist attacks on two New Zealand mosques that killed at least 50 Muslim worshippers during Friday prayers.
Friday marks exactly one week since the attacks on the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch.
Australian-born Brenton Tarrant, 28, has been charged for the massacre and is being held at a maximum-security prison in Auckland.
Among the victims were four children under the age of 18. Other children are still being treated at local hospitals for injuries they sustained during the attack.
Erdogan also praised New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's reaction to the terror attacks, calling it a model for all leaders around the world.
"Humanity should fight Islamophobia with same determination it fought anti-Semitism after the Holocaust," Erdogan said.
Erdogan thanked New Zealand authorities, people, premier for showing the truth, their firm stand against the terrorist attacks on the mosques.
- Golan Heights
Erdogan said he will never allow occupation of Golan Heights to be legitimized, adding that US president’s "unfortunate" remarks on the Golan Heights brought the region to the brink of a new crisis and tension.
Trump said in a tweet it was time for the U.S. to recognize Israel's control of the occupied area.
Congressional momentum has been building on Capitol Hill for the change, and the State Department last week changed its terminology for the first time on the contested territory, referring to it as "Israeli-controlled" instead of its previous usage of "Israeli-occupied".