Christchurch terrorist Brenton Tarrant will spend the rest of his life in a jail cell behind bars, New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters said on Friday.
The biggest police investigation in New Zealand's history was launched in the wake of the attack, and the terrorist responsible will spend the rest of his life alone in a cell, Peters told an emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul.
"Ensuring Muslim communities in New Zealand feel safe and secure is a particular focus," Peters said.
Speaking after Peters, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu praised New Zealand authorities and their "sincere solidarity messages" in the aftermath of the terror attack.
"We are here to show we are one body against Islamophobic actions across the world," he said.
He also vowed to take a stand "against all hate speech, violence, and terrorism."
No religion or belief can be defined by violence and terror, Çavuşoğlu said, adding that peace is "at the heart of Islam."
OIC Secretary General Yousef Al-Othaimeen urged action to stem anti-Muslim hate speech, saying terror has no language, religion, or race.
Al-Othaimeen called last week's deadly attacks in New Zealand a "turning point" for Muslims, adding that they will not be deterred from taking steps to curb violence.
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