Thursday, 25 February, 2021

New Zealand slams Australia over woman detained in Turkey

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Cecil Davis | 18 February, 2021, 03:38

Turkey announced on Monday that it captured Suhayra Aden, who until a year ago was a dual national of both Australia and New Zealand, after she attempted to cross into the country.

Ardern said the woman had been a dual Australian-New Zealand citizen until authorities in Canberra cancelled her passport, making her Wellington's responsibility.

"The deployments to Afghanistan have been one of the longest running in our history", Ardern said.

Back then her issue was with Australia's hardline deportation policy, which meant New Zealanders with barely any links to the country were being sent back in droves.

Ardern's statement said the decision to end the deployment had been discussed with "key partners".

Turkey's Government called the woman "S.A" and said she "identified as a DAESH (Islamic State) terrorist", but provided no further details.

"The welfare of the children also needs to be at the forefront in this situation".

Ardern said she has expressed her concerns to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and that the two countries should be working more closely on these types of cases involving dual nationals.

"If the shoe were on the other foot, we would take responsibility". "And I think Australians would agree with that".

In 2015, the prospect New Zealanders were among those who had travelled to marry fighters was raised by NZ Security Intelligence Service director-general Rebecca Kitteridge, who told MPs that since 2014 "New Zealand women [had been] travelling to Iraq and Syria".

New Zealand has criticized Australia for revoking the citizenship of an alleged Islamic State affiliate in Turkey.

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According to the New Zealand prime minister, the woman had lived in Australia for the past two decades.

Last year, families from Australia and four other countries, including Belgium, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom, began working together to repatriate their relatives from northern Syria.

ABC News Australia confirmed Aden's identity on Tuesday, adding that she lost two children while in Syria.

"I never believed the right response was to simply have a race to revoke people's citizenships ... they did not act in good faith", she said. That's just not the right thing to do.

Morrison was unapologetic when asked about the move during a press conference in Canberra.

"My job is Australia's interests".

On Tuesday Ardern's hands were visibly shaking as she let loose on something even more enraging.

"We do not want to see terrorists who fought with terrorism organizations enjoying privileges of citizenship, which I think they forfeit the second they engage as an enemy of our country", Morrison said.

"The legislation that was passed through our Parliament automatically cancels the citizenship of a dual citizen when they've been engaged in terrorist activities of this nature", Morrison said, adding that he would speak to Ardern about the issue.

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