The Christchurch video that brought Islamic leaders to tears

Foreign Minister Winston Peters brought Islamic leaders to tears in Turkey last week when he showed them a touching video as a tribute to the 50 Christchurch victims. 

The Deputy Prime Minister returned to New Zealand earlier this week after spending time in Istanbul, where he met with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and attended a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) prepared a video to honour the victims of the March 15 terror attack and it was shown to leaders who attended the OIC which represents 57 member states with 40 being Muslim-majority. 

Peters said on Monday that a number OIC leaders had been "weeping and sobbing" at the demonstration of goodwill towards the Muslim victims in New Zealand, as could be seen in the sobering video. 

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's speech to Parliament after the attack was translated into Arabic, Turkish, Indonesian, Malay, Urdu, and Bangla - and MFAT distributed social media videos showing officials' efforts to help the victims. 

New Zealand was praised by President Erdoğan in his speech to the OIC, where he said Ardern "should be an example to all world leaders" for the reaction and empathy displayed towards the Muslim community. 


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