Turkish singer holds concert for New Zealand victims

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This is despite being Foreign Minister Winston Peters saying he had been assured the footage would not be played.

The OIC, in a statement, urged all countries to refrain from statements or policies that associate Islam with terror and extremism.

Winston Peters was speaking at an emergency session of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's executive committee called by Turkey to combat prejudice against Muslims in the wake of the attack.

Mr Peters said the attack would not change New Zealand's essential nature.

Erdogan's comments at a series of election campaign rallies - including calling on New Zealand to restore the death penalty and repeatedly showing video footage of the shootings that the alleged gunman had broadcast on Facebook - triggered a diplomatic dispute between the nations.

Mr. Erdogan also drew Australia's ire for comments, suggesting that Australians and New Zealanders with anti-Muslim sentiments would be sent back in coffins like their ancestors who fought against Turks in the First World War Battle of Gallipoli.

Before leaving Istanbul to attend the election rally, Erdogan told the OIC that the empathy and reaction displayed by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern since the incident "should be an example to world leaders".

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The victims, he said, would get the full support of the New Zealand government.

New Zealand Police are trying to stop the spread of the video of the Christchurch shootings which claimed the lives of 50 and injured dozens more.

The statement went on to say: "We would like to assure that all foreign guests intending to visit Turkey, including our Anzac brothers and sisters, are most welcome to our country".

"No, I did not ask that question because I felt that I did not have to ask it, because they are not doing that anymore", Peters told reporters.

Shortly after Peters spoke, Erdogan again showed footage from the massacre video at a political rally, with translated excepts from the killer s manifesto as well as images of a Turkish opposition leader. It also demanded that March 15 - the day of the Christchurch attack - be marked as the International Day of Solidarity Against Islamophobia.

The Muslim call to prayer rang out across New Zealand on Friday followed by two minutes of silence nationwide to mark a week since the attack. Police stand guard outside all mosques to ensure people can pray in peace.

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