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“During Tuesday’s visit” to Ankara by the presidents of the Commission and the EU Council, Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, ”the standard protocol was followed. The president of the European Commission was not treated differently. Nor did the EU delegation ask for a different provision. In this situation, we would have expected the two guests to have agreed with each other ”. Turkish government sources declare this to ANSA.
The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also spoke on the controversy this morning, present at the visit of the EU leaders together with the head of state Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “There are unfair accusations against Turkey. It is not the first time that we have welcomed a foreign guest. The protocol was respected during the meeting. The units “responsible for the protocol of Turkey and the EU” met before the visit and their requests were met, “said the head of diplomacy in Ankara.
In terms of protocol treatment, the “presidents of the European commission and council are treated in the same way. There may be those who speak first or those who speak later. The organization of the protocol is an internal matter. We will analyze what happened so that it does not happen again ”, replied the spokesman of the European Commission, Eric Mamer, to journalists who asked for details on the protocol. “There was an incident, but President von der Leyen’s attitude was to continue the meeting to get the EU message across,” added Mamer. “We need to focus on our message”. And this was brought by Von der Leyen who “spoke about the Istanbul Convention and women’s rights”.
The EPP Group in the European Parliament is calling for a plenary debate on the recent visit to Turkey by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel. “The visit to Ankara should have represented a message of firmness and unity of Europe’s approach to Turkey. Unfortunately it translated into a symbol of disunity as the presidents were unable to be together when needed. We expect more from European foreign policy, ”said Ppe Group President Manfred Weber.
“SofaGate. EU-Turkey relations are fundamental. But the unity of the European Union and respect for human rights, including women’s rights, are fundamental “writes on Twitter the president of the Group of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) in the European Parliament Iratxe Garcia Perez commenting on the visit to Ankara by two presidents. “This is why I asked for a discussion in plenary with von der Leyen and Michel – he added – to clarify what happened and how to respect the institutions of the European Union”.