The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs commemorated the third anniversary of the massacre of 51 people in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2019.
This came in a statement issued by the ministry on Tuesday on the occasion of the International Day to Combat Islamophobia, which falls on March 15 of each year.
“On the third anniversary of the terrorist attack that took place in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15, 2019, we pay homage and respect to the memory of the 51 people who lost their lives, including a Turkish citizen,” she said in the statement.
He pointed out that the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, during their meeting held in 2020, adopted a decision declaring March 15 as the International Day to Combat Islamophobia.
He stressed that Turkey, a founding member of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, will continue to play a leading role in combating Islamophobia and fanaticism in international forums, and will continue to actively support efforts in this direction.
On March 15, 2019, Christchurch witnessed a horrific massacre, when a terrorist named “Brenton Tarrant” attacked worshipers in the “Al-Noor” and “Linwood” mosques with automatic weapons.
The terrorist massacre, which the perpetrator broadcasted directly on his Facebook account, resulted in the killing of 51 and the injury of 50 others, according to official figures.