PM Morrison weighing up diplomatic options after controversial Erdogan comments

Greece condemns Erdogan's threats and hate speech

Mr Morrison said the president insulted the memory of troops from Australia and New Zealand who fought in Turkey during World War I.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told an election rally that Australians with anti-Muslim views would be sent home in coffins like their grandfathers.

The battle, marked by heavy casualties on both sides, was a disastrous defeat for the allies against the then Ottoman Empire.

'It would be appalling for Australians to feel threatened if they wish to visit Gallipoli to pay their respects, ' Mr King said on Wednesday.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison summoned the Turkish ambassador on Wednesday to demand that the "highly offensive" and "highly reckless" comments be withdrawn.

The death toll from the fatal attack on two Christchurch mosques rose to 50 on Sunday, with victims from at least 15 countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Palestinian territories, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, The Times reported.

"Turks have always been the most welcoming and gracious hosts to their Anzac visitors", he said.

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

Morrison was wary of heightening tensions just one month out from Anzac Day, but told reporters that Turkey's official safe travel status was under review just weeks before hundreds of Australians are set to flock to the country for memorial ceremonies.

The Greek Foreign Ministry has issued a stern announcement in the wake of Turkish President Erdogan's rhetoric and threats made during his campaign speech for the upcoming March 31 elections. Such an outcome would be a severe blow to the president, whose ruling Justice and Development Party and its predecessor have run the city for the past quarter century.

Erdoğan's use of the footage has continued even though Facebook has removed more than 1.5m videos related to the attack from its site, partly at the urging of New Zealand authorities, who are determined not to give the killer notoriety.

About 30 people wounded in the attacks remained in hospital as of Tuesday evening.

Erdoğan's repeated use of the footage, largely in a bid to portray his chief election opponents as soft on terrorism, has infuriated the New Zealand government, which is trying to blend a message of reconciliation with the Islamic community in New Zealand with a promise to crack down on the causes of terrorism.

Morrison was considering the expulsion over "highly offensive and highly reckless" comments made at a political rally by Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The excuses that I don't accept are that things are said in an electoral context, ' Mr Morrison said after the meeting.

He said Foreign Minister Marise Payne would be speaking to her Turkish counterpart. They did not provide further details about the call.

The New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said Peters would seek urgent clarification.

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