Published: Thu, February 18, 2021
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New Zealand, Australia quarrel over Islamic State suspect

New Zealand, Australia quarrel over Islamic State suspect

Ardern said Afghanistan's internal peace process represented the best prospect for an enduring political solution in the troubled country, meaning the New Zealand Defence Force was no longer required.

However, we would caution that there are two young children whose wellbeing should not be lost in any tussle between the two governments.

The University of Otago global relations specialist fully endorses Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's public dressing down this week of Australian leader Scott Morrison in saying Australia had "abdicated its responsibilities" by revoking the citizenship of a woman born in New Zealand who had been with ISIS in Syria. However, Australia seems to be backing away from taking her responsibility.

But Ms Ardern says the dual national should be sent to Australia.

The woman had held New Zealand and Australian citizenships, but the Australian government unilaterally cancelled her citizenship, Ardern said in her statement.

"Regardless of the steps taken in this case to date, both NZ and Australia acknowledge that this case now has a number of complexities", he said.

"Young people should not miss out on their education because of something that is a normal part of life for half the population", says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. They did not act in good faith.


Mr Morrison responded by saying his job was to protect "Australia's interests".

We will put our hands up when we need to own a situation, we expected the same of Australia.

"I think everyone who has a little person in their lives will know how important these precious things can be, so maybe you can help us find whoever 'wink" belongs to?,' she said.

"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".

"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.

Earlier this month, United Nations human rights experts urged 57 countries to repatriate nationals believed to be languishing in Syria's squalid al-Hol and al-Roj camps, where thousands are at risk of violence, exploitation and death. The woman is an alleged IS member, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

The vast majority of countries with nationals in the camps have refused to repatriate their citizens and left them to Kurdish authorities to deal with, citing security concerns.

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