Erdogan airs mosque gunman video ahead visit by NZ minister

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey

The fiery rhetoric of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's election campaign has threatened to damage relations with Australia and New Zealand just weeks ahead of commemorations to mark the First World War Gallipoli campaign.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media in Canberra on Wednesday.

Tour companies Fanatics and Intrepid, who take Australians to Gallipoli for Anzac Day, say their plans have not been rattled by the issue. "He is going there to set the record straight, face-to-face", she said.

"We do encourage any of our customers who have concerns to reach out to us directly", Global Product and Operations Manager Jenny Gray said.

It also warned Kiwis to exercise caution in the capital Istanbul and Ankara where there had been four terrorist attacks since mid-2016, killing a total 129 people including foreign nationals.

"We have reached out to embrace our Muslim brothers and sisters in New Zealand and in Australia, quite to the contrary of the vile assertion that has been made about our response", Morrison said.

The video, which was blurred but had clear sounds of automatic gunfire, has been shown to thousands of people at several rallies and aired live on Turkish television, despite efforts by New Zealand to halt its spread.

But Turkey? The other nation which, along with Australia, the worldwide relations theorist Samuel Huntington once described as "torn countries", supposedly split between ancient civilisations, respectively the West and Islam, the West and Asia? "I do not accept the excuses that have been offered for those comments", he said.

"We had no issues with you, why did you come all the way over here?"

In the wake of the twin attacks, which saw 50 killed and dozens injured, Erdogan said Turkey would make the suspected attacker "pay for it" if New Zealand should do nothing about it.

New Zealand's authorities have been in contact with Facebook in order to have the video removed from the web.

Morrison slammed the comments as "highly offensive", and on Wednesday summoned Turkish Ambassador to Australia, Korhan Karakoc, to explain the remarks.

Erdogan, whose party has roots in Turkey's Islamic movement, has also been showing parts of a manifesto said to have been left by the gunman in which he threatens Turks and Erdogan himself.

Mr Peters also expressed his appreciation of Indonesia's support during a hard time for New Zealand.

"They're highly offensive and highly reckless in this sensitive environment", Mr Morrison said.

On March 15, at least 50 people were killed when a terrorist opened fire on worshippers during weekly Friday prayers at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. He has been president since 2014, and was prime minister for the 11 years prior.

"In stark contrast to the exemplary empathy and strong leadership being demonstrated by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during this important juncture, the President of Turkey has yet again demonstrated his insensitivity and global thuggery", Yeldizian said.

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