The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, was insulted yesterday, Tuesday, after she was forced to sit on a side seat during a meeting held by European Council President Charles Michel with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara.
The scene that was filmed and spread widely, sparked a great controversy in Brussels, especially since the relationship between the European Union and Ankara witnessed tensions in the past period, before it calmed down relatively.
The European guest was surprised
Her spokesperson, Eric Mamer, said today, Wednesday, “President von der Leyen was surprised by the matter, but she decided to overlook and prioritize the substance, but this does not mean that she does not attach importance to the incident.”
He also added, “Mrs. Von der Leyen expects to be treated according to the rules of the protocol, and has asked her office to ensure that this type of incident does not recur in the future.”
Erdogan and her colleague snap up the chairs
“The president (von der Leyen) should have been seated in exactly the same man ner as the president of the European Council and the Turkish president. ” pic.twitter.com/pe5dSSELIS
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In addition, he explained that “the heads of the two European institutions have the same protocol rank.” Mamer stressed that “it is up to the Turkish authorities responsible for the meeting to clarify the reason for offering this type of seat to Ms. Von der Leyen.”
He stressed that “despite the protocol incident, the discussions were very intense. With the Turkish president and von der Leyen was able to play her role. ”
mumbled in astonishment,
And in the video that was spread On a large scale on social media, the former German defense minister appeared to mumble in astonishment.
She also seemed to not know where to sit while the President of the European Council and the Turkish President sat in two chairs in the middle of the hall.
Whereas Ursula von der Leyen returned and then sat on a sofa opposite the Turkish foreign minister, whose position is below her in the protocol hierarchy.
It is reported that this incident occurred in A delicate diplomatic phase during which the European Union and Turkey seek to revive their relations after a year of tension