NZ terror attacks: OIC FMs hold emergency talks

NZ terror attacks: OIC FMs hold emergency talks

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Istanbul, Mar 22: Affirming that terror knows no barriers of language, religion or race, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Executive Committee, at the level of foreign ministers, held emergency consultations on Friday in the Turkish capital in the wake of last week's deadly shootings in New Zealand, which left 50 people dead, local media reported.

The meeting, according to China's news agency Xinhua, focused on how to respond to hate speeches, violence and terror against the community. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu described the gathering as "a sign showing the world is not deaf in the face of the attacks facing the community in different parts of the world.

"Against racism, intolerance, exclusion and violence, today we will strengthen our solidarity with them." Cavusoglu said, adding that taking effective measures against the problems is "a must" under today's conditions.

The minister urged the administrators, decision-makers and politicians in places where the community live to take practical steps against rising violence.

Yousef Al-Othaimeen, the OIC secretary-general, also called for the world to take actions against hatred and intolerance toward the community, saying "terror has no language, religion or race."

Winston Peters, New Zealand's deputy prime minister and foreign minister, said the largest ever investigation in his nation had been launched into the attacks and its perpetrator would spend the rest of his life alone in a cell.

"We place great importance on freedom of religious belief," he added. (UNI)