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EU-Turkey, von der Leyen: "Ankara respects human rights and the rule of law"
By Tiziana Di Giovannandrea
12 April 2021 The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, in the afternoon, discussed with the President of the European Parliament Charles Michel about the visit to Ankara, a week after the 'sofagate' incident.
This was communicated by a source of the European Commission who specified how President von der Leyen made it clear that she will never allow such a situation to occur again.
During the meeting, the two leaders discussed a number of topical issues.
The participation of both in the Conference of Presidents in the European Parliament is scheduled for tomorrow, April 13th.
The disagreement between von der Leyen and Michel on the 'sofagate' incident which saw the protagonists of the president of the Turkish Republic Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Charles Michel, president of the European Parliament and the president of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen left without chair (and then on the separate sofa) in a three-way meeting with the Turkish President Erdogan and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, which took place on 6 April last.
Meanwhile, the local Turkish press returned with various contributions on the 'sofagate' incident.
For the Turkish press, the turmoil during the visit of eminent EU politicians to Turkey is due to the bad relations between the head of the European Parliament Charles Michel and that of the European Commission Von der Leyen.