In a video of the awkward second in Ankara, von der Leyen appears uncertain of the place to sit down, gestures along with her proper hand and says “ehm” as Erdogan and European Council President Charles Michel take their seats.
Von der Leyen was ultimately supplied 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 stunned and that’s one thing which you’ll see from the video.” He added that “it is tough to guage the the explanation why she was supplied one kind of seat quite than one other, that is one thing which you’d must ask the Turkish authorities about.”
Mamer mentioned Turkey had been liable 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 stage 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 international 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.