New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters addresses a press conference following an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul, March 22, 2019, to discuss the March 15 deadly attacks on two mosques in Christchurch.
Friday marked exactly one week since the attacks in which at least 50 Muslims were killed when a terrorist opened fire on worshipers during weekly Friday prayers at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch.
He wrote that the honest empathy and support of her and [the people of] New Zealand had won the respect of 1.5 billion Muslims after the after the terrorist attack that shook the Muslim community around the world.
Ardern and New Zealand have been widely praised for the outpouring of empathy and unity and the response to the attacks.
"Thank you @jacindaardern and New Zealand for your honest empathy and support that has won the respect of 1.5 billion Muslims after the terrorist attack that shook the Muslim community around the world", he said on Twitter. Thank you for being one with us.
"New Zealand mourns with you; we are one", she finished her short but impactful speech, followed by two minutes of silence.
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Al Noor mosque imam Gamal Fouda told the victims' families that their loved ones did not die in vain.
There were also other signs of Christchurch moving forward from the trauma, with children seen playing cricket at a park across from the mosque and previously scheduled sporting events expected to go ahead this weekend. He has been remanded in custody without plea until April 5.
But she has also acted quickly with legislation.
The world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, was illuminated in a gesture of solidarity with New Zealand and its prime minister.
The observance comes the day after the NZ government announced a ban on "military-style" semi-automatic firearms and high-capacity magazines like the weapons that were used in the attacks.
"So if in wearing the hijab as I did gave them a sense of security to continue to practice their faith then I'm very pleased I did it", she said.More news: Disney acquires Fox in preparation to take on Netflix
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