U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday visited the two New Zealand mosques where 51 worshippers were killed by a gunman in March.

Guterres spent about 30 minutes inside the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch talking to Muslim leaders and survivors of the attacks.

Outside the mosque, he told reporters that like many people around the world, he had been moved by the poignant stories of compassion and grace.

United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, left, delivers a statement as he stands with Al Noor mosque Imam Gamal Fouda, right, during a visit to the mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, left, delivers a statement as he stands with Al Noor mosque Imam Gamal Fouda, right, during a visit to the mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

“I know there are no words to relieve the hurt and sorrow and pain,” Guterres said. “But I wanted to come here personally to transmit love, support, and total and complete admiration.”

Guterres then traveled to the Linwood mosque where he laid a wreath and met with survivors including Abdul Aziz, who is considered a hero for chasing the gunman and throwing a credit card machine and a discarded gun at him.

Aziz said he was honored to meet the U.N. leader.

United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, left, receives a hongi from Arapata Reuben on his arrival at a climate change and agriculture event hosted by Ngai Tahu iwi and the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker,Pool)
United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, left, receives a hongi from Arapata Reuben on his arrival at a climate change and agriculture event hosted by Ngai Tahu iwi and the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker,Pool)

“To come here and share the pain with us, it means a lot,” Aziz said.

Guterres also attended a climate alliance event while on his visit to several South Pacific countries primarily to highlight the problems of climate change. His trip comes ahead of the Climate Action Summit that he plans to convene in September in New York.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, left, receives a hongi from Sir Tipene O'Regan upon his arrival at a climate change and agriculture event hosted by Ngai Tahu iwi and the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, Pool)
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, left, receives a hongi from Sir Tipene O’Regan upon his arrival at a climate change and agriculture event hosted by Ngai Tahu iwi and the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, Pool)
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, left, walks with Al Noor mosque Imam Gamal Fouda, second from left, during a visit to the mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, left, walks with Al Noor mosque Imam Gamal Fouda, second from left, during a visit to the mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, center, sits with cabinet minister Damien O'Connor, right, during a climate change and agriculture event hosted by Ngai Tahu iwi and the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker,Pool)
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, center, sits with cabinet minister Damien O’Connor, right, during a climate change and agriculture event hosted by Ngai Tahu iwi and the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker,Pool)
Sir Tipene O'Regan, right, welcomes United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, second from left, to a climate change and agriculture event hosted by Ngai Tahu iwi and the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, Pool)
Sir Tipene O’Regan, right, welcomes United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, second from left, to a climate change and agriculture event hosted by Ngai Tahu iwi and the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, Pool)

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