Guterres delivers a statement next to Al Noor mosque imam Gamal Fouda, right [Mark Baker/AP Photo]

Antonio Guterres, the United Nations secretary-general, has expressed his “support and admiration” for New Zealand‘s Muslim community as he visited the two mosques where 51 worshippers were massacred in March.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a self-avowed white supremacist, has been charged over the attacks on the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, the worst-ever mass shooting in New Zealand’s modern history.

In comments made during his visit on Tuesday, Guterres called for greater efforts to “extinguish” hate speech that spreads like “wildfire” on social media and said he had ordered a UN team be established to develop a “global plan of action”.

“Hate speech is spreading and public discourse is

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