Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan could not allow a situation that humiliates a woman, his adviser Yasin Aktay told topnews, commenting on the incident when the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, ran out of a chair during her meeting with the Turkish leader in Ankara.
Erdogan’s meeting with von der Leyen and President of the European Council Charles Michel took place on Tuesday in Ankara. The footage published on the network shows that the head of the EC did not get a seat in the meeting room, since there were only two chairs, one of which was taken by Michel. She had to sit on the sofa opposite Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who is of a lower rank according to diplomatic protocol. MEPs expressed their indignation at what happened in Ankara.
“I am not aware of what happened, but where did the humiliation of a woman come from? It is absolutely impossible that Tayyip Erdogan could allow such an approach towards a woman,” the agency’s interlocutor said, commenting on the EU’s harsh reaction to the incident.
European Commission spokesman Eric Mamer said on Wednesday that the head of the European Commission has already instructed his team to take the necessary measures to avoid such situations in future international visits.
According to the head of the group of socialists in the European Parliament Garicia Perez Irace, the incident is related to discrimination against women in Turkey, given Ankara’s recent withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention for the Protection of Women.