New Zealand slams Australia for stripping IS detainee of citizenship

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 17, 2021

"Three New Zealand nationals trying to enter our country illegally from Syria were caught by our border guards in Hatay's Reyhanlı district", Turkey's Ministry of Defense tweeted, adding that among those caught was a woman named S.A. who is a wanted alleged IS terrorist.

Australia has a policy to strip anyone with dual-citizenship who has been involved with terrorist activity.

And then the kicker - "New Zealand frankly is exhausted of having Australia export its problems, but now there are two children involved".

He told Heather du Plessis-Allan that Aden had met with people in Turkey to take her to Syria, but then decided she didn't want to go and tried calling her mum.

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

Australia's decision to revoke the citizenship of a dual citizen, who has lived in Australia since the age of six, has prompted a furious response from the New Zealand prime minister.

The language and delivery from Ardern that day was like nothing ever seen before and she was visibly on an adrenaline-fuelled high when mingling with the press pack on the plane trip back to New Zealand shortly after.

The 25-year-old was a dual citizen of Australia and New Zealand until last year, when Australia revoked her citizenship.

"New Zealand, frankly, is exhausted of having Australia exporting its problems", Ms Ardern said.

'They did not act in good faith'. That's my job. And it's my job as the Australian Prime Minister to put Australia's national security interests first.

Mr Morrison rebutted Ms Ardern yesterday, saying he was acting in Australia's national interest. "I think all Australians would agree with that", said Morrison.

Sympathising and working nicely with New Zealand doesn't win Aussie elections.

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.

At the centre of the conflict between Wellington and Canberra is a 26-year-old woman who was recently detained, reportedly while attempting to clandestinely exit Syria. Her family and friends are in Australia.

"They fear being harassed or stigmatised because they have relatives detained in northeast Syria".

Members of the network told Middle East Eye that they were choosing to remain anonymous at this point in order to protect themselves and their relatives in Syria. "But they rightly understood that remaining silent only makes it easier for their governments to ignore the plight of their citizens held in appalling conditions that get worse with every passing month".

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