Turkey summons the Italian ambassador to the country for the “unpleasant” comments of the Italian prime minister calling Erdogan a “dictator”

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8 abr 2021 20:00 GMT

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi criticized the Turkish president, accusing him of “humiliating” the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, during a meeting in Ankara.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has condemned the “unpleasant” statements by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and summoned the Italian ambassador to Ankara, Anadolu news agency reports.

“We strongly condemn the unacceptable populist statements and the unpleasant and irrational comments” made by Draghi, wrote Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on his Twitter account.

The move comes after Draghi called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a “dictator”.

Draghi criticized the Turkish president, accusing him of “humiliating” the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, during a meeting in Ankara. The senior official appeared visibly irritated when Erdogan, along with the president of the European Council, Charles Michel, was settling in their chairs in a room of the presidential complex after the beginning of the talks, while she had to settle for a sofa in front to another occupied by the Turkish Foreign Minister, who also participated in the meeting.

“He was very upset by the humiliation that the president [de la Comisión Europea] Von der Leyen had to suffer, “declared the prime minister on Thursday.” But with these dictators […] be frank in expressing differences of opinion […] but also to be ready to collaborate, to cooperate, to guarantee the interests of a country, “he said.

One of the issues raised by EU leaders in the negotiations was women’s rights in light of Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. Von der Leyen’s spokesman said “the president was clearly surprised” by the situation, noting that the incident had “sharpened her focus” on the issue of equal rights during the discussions.

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