Flowers and messages after Christchurch attacks.
Flowers and messages after Christchurch attacks.

New Zealand thanks India for support after Christchurch attacks

ANI | Updated: Apr 12, 2019 19:57 IST

New Delhi [India], Apr 12 (ANI): New Zealand on Friday thanked India for its support when the country is recovering from the March 15 shootings in two Christchurch mosques that claimed 50 lives.   
New Zealand High Commissioner to India, Joanna Kempkers, in a statement, said, “India, we thank you.”
She said that India and New Zealand stand united against terrorism.
"Both countries strongly condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and all those who support such acts of violence. This support and solidarity underscore the close ties between our two countries, and, from our nation to yours, we’d like to extend a very heartfelt thank you,” Kempkers said.
She noted, “We look forward to an enduring close relationship with India, and to continuing to welcome Indians to our country, Aotearoa New Zealand, whether that be for business, for holiday, to study or to migrate more permanently."
“During this difficult time, we have been immensely heartened by the support received from India, including the many personal messages from the Indian community both in India and in New Zealand,” the envoy said.
Kempkers said, "Across New Zealand, there has been an outpouring of sorrow as we all come to terms with what happened on one of our darkest days, and grieve for the victims, seven of whom were Indian or of Indian origin."
According to her statement, “It is four weeks since a heinous act of terrorism in Christchurch killed 50 members of New Zealand’s Muslim community. Our thoughts are with the families of all those who lost their lives, and those who remain injured, as they cross this difficult milestone."
It said that the country is a proud nation with more than 200 ethnicities, 160 languages, of which Hindi is the fourth most-commonly spoken (behind English, Māori and Samoan).
New Zealanders’ response to the attacks demonstrated what is special about New Zealand — our people and our values, especially those of inclusiveness and compassion," it said.
Many New Zealanders, led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, have joined their Muslim friends, colleagues and neighbours in vigils, and visited their mosques to pay respects, lay flowers and give messages of support, the statement said.
“We value and celebrate our diversity and promote peace and security around the world. The New Zealand government is determined that our country will remain a safe and open society, characterised by religious inclusiveness and freedom,” it added.
New Zealand has already tightened gun laws following the attack, banning all military-style automatic weapons, and announced a Royal Commission of Enquiry into the attack. (ANI)