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Turkish president threatens Australians, Scott Morrison responds

The Prime Minister is trying to ease tensions after Turkey’s president threatened the lives of Australians in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack.

Tayyip Erdogan has been using footage of the mass shootings in campaign rallies ahead of next week’s Turkish election.

The hardline Muslim president has now attacked the ANZACs and their ancestors.

According to the ABC, Erdogan is warning those with anti-Muslim views will return home in coffins like their grandfathers did after Gallipoli.

“Your grandparents came here… and they returned in caskets.

Have no doubt we will send you back like your grandfathers.”

Scott Morrison tells Alan Jones he will not take the bait.

“I think it’s our job here, Alan, not to escalate this.

“It’s our job to take the temperature down, that’s what tolerant societies do.”

The PM will take immediate diplomatic action behind the scenes though.

“I’ll be calling the Turkish ambassador today to make my remarks directly to him.

“But I find the comments obviously offensive, deeply offensive.

“Australia and New Zealand, we have both absolutely, unconditionally condemned the terrorist attack in Christchurch.

“We have reached out and provided every support to the Muslim community.”

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Armenian Australians are calling on the Australian government to use this opportunity to take a stand and formally recognise the Armenian Genocide.

During World War I, approximately 1.5 million Armenians were slaughtered by the Ottoman Empire, which is now Turkey.

Haig Kayserian from the Armenian National Committee of Australia tells Alan Jones the Turkish government has lifted a “diplomatic veil” between the two countries by continuing to use our ANZAC history as a “pawn”.

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