In a video of the awkward second in Ankara, von der Leyen appears not sure of the place to sit down, gestures with her proper hand and says “ehm” as Erdogan and European Council President Charles Michel take their seats.

Von der Leyen was ultimately provided a seat on a close-by couch, reverse Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who occupies a lower-status rank in diplomatic protocol.

In earlier conferences the three presidents have all sat collectively.

Eric Mamer, chief spokesperson for the European Commission, mentioned von der Leyen “was clearly surprised and that is something which you can see from the video.” He added that “it’s difficult to judge the reasons why she was offered one type of seat rather than another, that’s something which you’d have to ask the Turkish authorities about.”

Mamer mentioned Turkey had been chargeable for organizing the assembly.

The European Union's two presidents met Erdogan in Ankara, Turkey, on April 6.The European Union's two presidents met Erdogan in Ankara, Turkey, on April 6.

He added that with regards to “the view of the Commission abroad, what I can say is that the protocol level of our President is exactly the same as that of the President of the European Council. Our President is a member of the European Council in her own right and generally, normally, when she goes to foreign countries, she is treated in exactly the same way as the President of the European Council would be.”

As chief of the European Commission, the European Union’s govt department and strongest establishment, von der Leyen is one of the crucial influential girls in the bloc. She beforehand served as Germany’s protection minister.
The diplomatic hiccup is particularly uncomfortable contemplating the EU’s current condemnation of Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention, a world treaty geared toward stopping violence in opposition to girls.

NCS has reached out to each to the EU Council and the Turkish Presidency for remark.


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