European Compensation President Ursula von der Leyen was shocked to locate her fellow leading EU official taking the only chair available alongside Turkish Head of state Tayyip Erdogan when the duo visited Ankara, as well as her spokesperson made that clear on Wednesday.
Video from their conference on Tuesday showed the first women head of the Eu, the only woman in the talks, gesturing in disbelief and uttering a shocked sigh as Erdogan as well as European Council President Charles Michel took both centre-stage seats prepared, relegating her to a surrounding sofa.
” The head of state of the compensation was plainly surprised,” claimed the EU executive arm’s spokesperson, Eric Mamer.
” The head of state (von der Leyen) must have been seated in precisely the very same way as the president of the European Council as well as the Turkish head of state.”
The Turkish federal government did not instantly reply to a request for remark.
However, a participant of the European parliament, Sophie in’t Veld, asked why Michel had actually not reacted.
While the payment conveyed von der Leyen’s inflammation, an EU official that declined to be called claimed that to do so could have provoked a “protocol and political incident, both in the direction of Turkey and the European Council”.
” Turkey indicated no disrespect,” the official stated. “It prolonged an extremely well-mannered welcome to both head of states and also strictly adhered to international method.”
In the past, three chairs were provided when the Turkish leader checked out Brussels for talks with the heads of the Payment and also the European Council, which jointly represents the bloc’s 27 participant states.
Mamer said von der Leyen decided not to make “an issue from it” and in the conversation brought up ladies’s legal rights and the Istanbul Convention on violence versus ladies, from which Turkey took out last month.
Ties in between Brussels and Ankara have been strained considering that a successful stroke attempt in 2016 triggered a suppression on civil liberties in Turkey, yet they are currently testing a careful rapprochement.