ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Thursday accused Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan of embarrassing European Commission President Ursula der Lieen this week. And said it is important to be straightforward with the “dictatorship”;, which is condemnation from Ankara.
Von der Leyen and President of the European Council Charles Michel meet Erdogan in Ankara on Tuesday. The chief of the commission was noticeably shocked when the two of them sat in only two prepared chairs, pushing her to the adjacent sofa.
“I strongly disagree with Erdogan’s behavior towards President von der Leyen … I think it is abusive, and I am very sorry to humiliate von der Leyen,” Draghi told. correspondent
“With these things, call them dictators — whoever has to coordinate. But it has to be straightforward when it comes to different visions and opinions, ”he adds.
The Italian ambassador to Ankara was summoned to the foreign ministry regarding Draghi’s comments, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported, and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu continued:
“We strongly condemn the unacceptable populist discourse of the appointed Italian prime minister and his ugly and unrestricted views on our elected president,” Cavusoglu wrote on Facebook. Twitter
Earlier on Thursday, Cavusoglu said meeting seats were arranged in line with the demands of the group and the international and Turkish order was subject to “unfair charges”.
Reporting by Angelo Amante, Gavin Jones and Daren Butler in Istanbul, Editing by Crispian Balmer and Will Dunham.