European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was rejected during a meeting with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Turkish leader, when she was without a seat.
Negotiations in Ankara, including discussions on women’s rights, were held between Erdoğan, Charles Michel, the chair of the Council of Europe and von der Leyen, the Commission’s first female chair.
The two men took the only two chairs at the top of the room, forcing von der Leyen to appear irritated to sit on the sofa in the face of facing the Turkish foreign minister.
Her spokesperson said on Wednesday: “The president hopes that the organization she represents will be treated to the mandatory process and therefore she has asked her team to do all the work. contact appropriate to ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future.
“Our president is a member of the Council of Europe in her own right and normally when she goes abroad, she is treated in the same way as the president of the Council of Europe.”
Von der Leyen decided to keep defying and did not react by stepping outside. One of the issues discussed is women’s rights, after Turkey withdrew from the treaty on gender-based violence.
She said in a press conference that her first meeting with Erdoğan was “interesting”, adding “I am deeply concerned by the fact that Turkey withdraws from the Istanbul conference. This is protecting women and children from the risk of violence ”.