Italian Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of insulting him. At the end of the visit of European Commission President Van der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel to Turkey, no chair was set for Van der Leyen.
She had to sit on a sofa next to him, and Erdogan and Michael sat in two chairs in front of the flags of Turkey and the EU.
Van der Leyne, who expressed his surprise with “um” and his body language, received no support from his colleague Michael. This provoked outrage on social media and allegations of sexual discrimination were not aired. The incident soon became known as the ‘Sofa Gate’.
“It’s important to be honest in expressing dissent, I call them dictators,” Drake told reporters tonight. “I totally disagree with Erdogan’s behavior, and I think it’s inappropriate.
Following Draghi’s claims, the Italian ambassador to Ankara had to come to the Foreign Ministry. Minister Kavsoklu strongly condemned Drake’s “ugly language”. He denied allegations that van der Leyen was fired because of his gender.
See footage of the incident here:
“Introvert. Communicator. Tv fanatic. Typical coffee advocate. Proud music maven. Infuriatingly humble student.”