"The perpetrator of the terrorist attack in New Zealand visited Turkey twice. The first time he spent here three days, while the second time he was here for 40 days. An investigation is underway to establish his ties in Turkey. However, we want New Zealand to bring him to justice as well and remand him in custody. Forty-nine people were killed as a result of the terrorist attack. This is a mass murder, and the criminal must be punished," Erdogan said at a rally in the northwestern city of Tekirdag.
Earlier, local media reported that the suspected shooter visited Turkey twice back in 2016.
A total of three people were detained in the wake of the attack, including the 28-year-old suspected shooter, Australian national Brenton Harrison Tarrant.
Earlier on Saturday, a court in New Zealand ruled to remand the suspected shooter in custody until April 5, while the police said they expected further charges to be brought against him.