In a video of the awkward second in Ankara, von der Leyen appears not sure of the place to sit down, gestures together with her proper hand and says “ehm” as Erdogan and European Council President Charles Michel take their seats.
Von der Leyen was finally provided a seat on a close-by couch, reverse Turkish International 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 Fee, stated von der Leyen “was clearly stunned and that’s one thing which you’ll see from the video.” He added that “it is tough to evaluate the the explanation why she was provided one kind of seat relatively than one other, that is one thing which you’d must ask the Turkish authorities about.”
Mamer stated Turkey had been chargeable for organizing the assembly.
He added that on the subject of “the view of the Fee overseas, what I can say is that the protocol degree of our President is precisely the identical as that of the President of the European Council. Our President is a member of the European Council in her personal proper and usually, usually, when she goes to overseas nations, she is handled in precisely the identical manner because the President of the European Council could be.”
CNN has reached out to each to the EU Council and the Turkish Presidency for remark.