Italian PM slams ‘dictator’ Erdogan over von der Leyen chair incident

By Euronews

Italian PM Draghi had steady phrases for Turkish president Erdogan   –   Copyright  Riccardo Antimiani/ANSA

Italy’s prime minister Mario Draghi labelled Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan a “dictator” as he slammed the authoritarian leader for his therapy of the EU Commission president at a gathering.

Ursula von der Leyen turned into in Ankara on Tuesday along with European Council chief Charles Michel for a gathering with Erdogan on Turkey-EU relatives.

Video photos shot within the presidential palace showed the two men taking seats together, while von der Leyen turned into left forced to take a seat down rather then the boys on a sofa.

Asked about the incident at a press conference, Draghi acknowledged “I turned into very displeased by the humiliation that President von der Leyen needed to undergo,” adding: “Nonetheless with these dictators … one must be frank in expressing variations of views … but furthermore ready to collaborate, to cooperate, to create definite that the pursuits of one’s country.”

Turkish out of the country minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu answered on Twitter: “We strongly condemn the unacceptable populist rhetoric of Italian High Minister Draghi and his repugnant and unrelenting statements about our elected President.”

Erdogan has faced a wave of criticism following the incident, which got here rapidly after he withdrew Turkey from the Istanbul Convention, a world treaty on stopping domestic violence.

Turkey claims it adopted “the EU facet’s demands” and that each aspects’ protocol objects worked together.

The European Council released an announcement on Thursday claiming its protocol service had been unable to hunt the assembly room on memoir of Turkey deemed it “too shut to President Erdoğan’s set of work.”

Hundreds of MEPs had been unimpressed.

Charles Michel for his fragment, did no longer react at the time and went along with the seating association.

He did no longer provide up his seat to von der Leyen — the first female president of the European Commission — despite each being of equal spoiled.

He acknowledged he turned into “sad” but stopped attempting apologising.

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