In a video of the awkward second in Ankara, von der Leyen appears uncertain 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 ultimately 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, mentioned von der Leyen “was clearly shocked and that’s one thing which you’ll see from the video.” He added that “it is troublesome to evaluate the the reason why she was provided one kind of seat moderately than one other, that is one thing which you’d need to ask the Turkish authorities about.”
Mamer mentioned Turkey had been chargeable for organizing the assembly.
He added that in the case of “the view of the Fee overseas, what I can say is that the protocol degree of our President is strictly 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 customarily, usually, when she goes to international nations, she is handled in precisely the identical manner because the President of the European Council can be.”
CNN has reached out to each to the EU Council and the Turkish Presidency for remark.