Sun, 25 Sep 2022

WELLINGTON, June 15 (Xinhua) -- Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern opened New Zealand's first meeting on countering terrorism and violent extremism on Tuesday, which is being held in Christchurch over the next two days.

A terrorist attack occurred on March 15, 2019, when a gunman killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch.

The meeting of "a country at peace" will look at "how we can all contribute to making our country more inclusive and safe," Ardern said.

The meeting will be held annually, promoting public conversation, understanding and research on radicalization. It will look at ways to challenge hate-motivated extremist ideologies and discuss priorities to address issues of terrorism and violent extremism, she said.

"This inaugural hui (meeting) brings together community, civil society, academia, the private sector and government to listen, share and learn - both knowledge and experiences," said the prime minister.

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