尷尬!歐盟執委會主席訪土耳其 竟沒準備她的座椅

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ANKARA, April 6, 2021 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan C meets with European Council President Charles Michel L and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Ankara, Turkey, on April 6, 2021. Top officials of the European Union on Tuesday expressed readiness to work on concrete agenda with Turkey to push forward economy and migration cooperation between the two sides. (Photo by Mustafa Kaya/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Mustafa Kaya via Getty Images)
ANKARA, April 6, 2021 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan C meets with European Council President Charles Michel L and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Ankara, Turkey, on April 6, 2021. Top officials of the European Union on Tuesday expressed readiness to work on concrete agenda with Turkey to push forward economy and migration cooperation between the two sides. (Photo by Mustafa Kaya/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Mustafa Kaya via Getty Images)

歐盟執委會主席范德賴恩(Ursula von der Leyen)與歐洲理事會主席米歇爾(Charles Michel)6日在土耳其首都安卡拉會晤總統艾爾段時,現場僅準備這兩位男性領袖的座椅,范德賴恩只能坐到一旁沙發,形同降級。

歐洲新聞台(Euronews)報導,現場影片顯示,米歇爾和艾爾段(Recep Tayyip Erdogan)兩人分別在歐盟旗幟和土耳其國旗前方備好的兩張座椅逕自就座,范德賴恩當場傻眼,手掌向上一攤,並發出「呃」的咕噥聲。

最後范德賴恩坐到稍遠處的一張沙發上,與在外交禮節中地位低於她的土國外長相對。

ANKARA, April 6, 2021 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan 2nd R meets with European Council President Charles Michel 2nd L and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen 1st L in Ankara, Turkey, on April 6, 2021. Top officials of the European Union on Tuesday expressed readiness to work on concrete agenda with Turkey to push forward economy and migration cooperation between the two sides. (Photo by Mustafa Kaya/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Mustafa Kaya via Getty Images)
ANKARA, April 6, 2021 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan 2nd R meets with European Council President Charles Michel 2nd L and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen 1st L in Ankara, Turkey, on April 6, 2021. Top officials of the European Union on Tuesday expressed readiness to work on concrete agenda with Turkey to push forward economy and migration cooperation between the two sides. (Photo by Mustafa Kaya/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Mustafa Kaya via Getty Images)

土國官員7日向法新社表示:「除了按這次造訪的歐盟先遣代表團所提要求做好準備外,並沒有做出其他安排。」

范德賴恩身為歐盟執委會(European Commission)主席,米歇爾則是代表歐盟各國政府的歐洲理事會(European Council)主席。歐盟期望土國能以政府首長規格接待兩人。

歐盟執委會發言人馬莫爾(Eric Mamer)說,「執委會主席顯然很驚訝」,主張范德賴恩應該獲得和米歇爾「完全一樣」的待遇。

馬莫爾說:「她的確認為這些問題很重要,且必須獲得適當處理,但顯然沒有。」

這起外交失禮事件發生的時機點頗為微妙,也迅速在網路上被戲稱為「沙發門」(sofagate)。儘管外界對土耳其包括歧視女性在內的人權紀錄有疑慮,歐盟和土耳其仍期待重建雙方關係。

土耳其3月退出預防女性和孩童受到暴力對待的「伊斯坦堡公約」,不但引燃土國女性怒火,也激怒歐盟當局。

據路透社報導,米歇爾7日在臉書貼文表示,這起事件「令人遺憾」,且是由「土國當局對禮儀規範的嚴格解讀」所致,但他決定不公開對質。

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