New Zealand-Australia row erupts over 'terrorist' dual national

  • New Zealand-Australia row erupts over 'terrorist' dual national

New Zealand-Australia row erupts over 'terrorist' dual national

The New Zealand prime minister spoke on Tuesday of her frustrations with her Australian counterpart, saying "New Zealand frankly is exhausted of having Australia export its problems". 'They did not act in good faith, ' she said.

"Now, I understand that the New Zealand Government has some issues with that".

Legally the woman's citizenship sits with New Zealand but Ardern said she would continue to raise the issue with Australia.

The trans-Tasman relationship has also been strained by Australia's practice of deporting criminals who hold Kiwi passports to New Zealand, even if they hold no established links to the country.

Turkish authorities on Monday said they had caught three New Zealanders, two children and a 26-year-old woman alleged to be a member of Islamic State, trying to enter Turkey illegally from Syria.

She was then told the next year that Australia had unilaterally revoked the citizenship of the individual.

In a post on Twitter, the ministry said the three, including two children, had been caught trying to illegally enter the country.

"It is wrong that New Zealand should shoulder the responsibility for a situation involving a woman who has not lived in New Zealand since she was six, has resided in Australia since that time, has her family in Australia and left for Syria from Australia on her Australian passport", Ardern said.

Brownlee says that New Zealand has washed its hands off Mark Taylor, New Zealand's most notorious ISIS fighter - but he admits complicates matters.

"You can argue that our responsibility foremost is first to the children, then to the non-combatant and then lastly to the combatant".

"But I can not hide the feeling I have, strongly on behalf of New Zealanders, about what's been done here because it's simply not right".

Ardern raised the issue of the woman when authorities first detected that she was headed to Syria. "I think New Zealand, frankly, is exhausted of having Australia export its problems".

"I never think that the right response was to simply have a race to revoke people's citizenships - that is just not the right thing to do".

"We have continually raised with Australia our view that the decision was wrong", she said.

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

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

"I raised that issue directly with Prime Minister Morrison and asked that we work together on resolving the issue".

Australian law stipulated that anyone with dual citizenship who "engaged with terrorist activities" had their Australian citizenship cancelled. The two prime ministers are scheduled to speak later today.

"Australia's interest here is that we do not want to see terrorists who fought with terrorism organisations enjoying privileges of citizenship, which I think they forfeit the second they engage as an enemy of our country".

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