In reaction to the “Sofagate”, Mario Draghi considered that President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan was a “dictator”. The Turkish Foreign Minister condemned these comments, described as “populist, offensive and unreasonable”.
The head of the Italian government Mario Draghi qualified on the evening of April 8 the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of “dictator” while answering a question on the “Sofagate”. The Turkish Foreign Minister condemned in the wake of comments he described as “populist, offensive and unreasonable”.
“I was very heartbroken by the humiliation that the President of the Commission had to endure with these, let’s call them for what they are, dictators,” said Mario Draghi during a press conference in Rome.
I absolutely do not share the behavior of the Turkish president towards the president of the committee […] This has not been appropriate behavior
He was responding to a question on the Turkish President’s behavior towards Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who was recessed on a couch on April 6 during a meeting of the presidents of the EU institutions in Istanbul.
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The video showing the President of the European Commission sitting on a couch behind Council President Charles Michel, during their meeting with Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, shocked many MEPs and senior EU officials. “I absolutely do not share the behavior of the Turkish president towards the president of the commission […] This was not an appropriate behavior ”, specified the Italian Prime Minister, while estimating that Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in spite of the differences of political doctrine, is one of those responsible“ with whom we must collaborate ”.
“However, one must be frank in order to express one’s own difference of views, opinions, behavior, visions of society but also be ready not to collaborate but to cooperate in the interest of one’s own country,” he said. he added, considering it necessary to find “the right balance” between these two requirements.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on the same day condemned Mario Draghi’s “offensive” comments. “We strongly condemn the populist, offensive and unreasonable comments made by Italian Prime Minister Draghi,” he said in a tweet, after his services summoned the Italian ambassador to Ankara