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 Overseas 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 be able to see from the video.” He added that “it is tough to guage the the explanation why she was provided one kind of seat relatively than one other, that is one thing which you’d should ask the Turkish authorities about.”
Mamer mentioned Turkey had been liable for organizing the assembly.
He added that relating to “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 customarily, usually, when she goes to international nations, she is handled in precisely the identical approach 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.