Brussels, April 8
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was shocked to search out her fellow high EU official taking the one chair accessible subsequent to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan when the duo visited Ankara, and her spokesman made that clear on Wednesday.
Footage from their assembly on Tuesday confirmed the primary feminine head of the EU government, the one lady within the talks, gesturing in disbelief and uttering a shocked sigh as Erdogan and European Council President Charles Michel took the 2 centre-stage seats ready, relegating her to an adjoining couch.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was shocked to search out her fellow high EU official taking the one chair accessible subsequent to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan when the duo visited Ankara, her spokesman stated https://t.co/Sx4qB0SYyk pic.twitter.com/G6aZrh3hzm
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“The president of the Commission was clearly surprised,” stated the EU government arm’s spokesman, Eric Mamer.
“The president (von der Leyen) should have been seated in exactly the same manner as the president of the European Council and the Turkish president.”
The Turkish authorities didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. A member of the European parliament, Sophie in ‘t Veld, requested why Michel had not reacted.
In Facebook put up on Wednesday, Michel stated the incident was “regrettable” and attributable to “Turkish authorities’ strict interpretation of protocol rules.” But he stated he determined towards a public confrontation.
While the Commission conveyed von der Leyen’s irritation, an EU official who declined to be named stated doing so might need provoked a “protocol and political incident.”
“Turkey meant no disrespect,” the official stated. “It extended a very courteous welcome to both presidents and strictly adhered to international protocol.” In the previous, three chairs have been supplied when the Turkish chief visited Brussels for talks with heads of the Commission and the European Council.
Mamer stated von der Leyen determined to not make “an issue out of it” and within the dialog introduced up ladies’s rights and the Istanbul Convention on violence towards ladies, from which Turkey withdrew final month.
Brussels and Ankara are testing a cautious rapprochement after ties have been strained when a coup try in 2016 prompted a crackdown on civil rights in Turkey.