Turkey denies it snubbed EU chief during Ankara visit Apr 09, 2021 0 392 12345 dpa Istanbul Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received Ursula von der Leyen in line with “demands and suggestions from the EU side,” rejecting criticism that Ankara snubbed the EU leader.Cavusoglu said the Turkish and EU sides agreed on the protocol ahead of Tuesday’s meeting with Erdogan.“The seating arrangement was made in line with suggestions from the EU side,” Cavusoglu told a joint press conference with his Kuwaiti counterpart Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah in Ankara.Cavusoglu’s remarks came after the European Commission expressed disappointment that its president was relegated to a sofa on the side, while her counterpart from the European Council was offered the only chair next to Erdogan during their visit at the Turkish presidential palace.The unequal seating arrangements prompted social media allegations of sexism or a purposeful affront against the commission.Cavusoglu called the criticism against Turkey “very unfair,” adding the meeting was held “within the frame of international protocol rules and Turkish hospitality.” “We would not put this so clearly if it wasn’t for the accusations,” the top Turkish diplomat added.Cavusoglu described the meeting as “very productive”.In a Facebook post late on Wednesday, Michel described the situation as “regrettable” and added the EU leaders decided to focus on the substance of the meeting rather than cause a “public incident”. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Crown clash leads to arrest of Mrs World by Sri Lanka police Apr 09, 2021 0 461 Modi concerned as Covid caseload spikes in India Apr 09, 2021 0 362 Pakistan: Private importers rush for Russian vaccine amid high demand Apr 09, 2021 0 1655 New Zealand suspends all travel from India after Covid spike Wellington (dpa) - New Zealand will suspend all travel from India after a surge of Covid-19 cases were detected at the border, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Thursday. The temporary suspension will begin on .. Protests at airport as Germany deports 20 Afghans to Kabul dpa Kabul/Berlin Twenty Afghan men arrived in the capital Kabul early on Wednesday after being deported from Germany, airport officials said. Their chartered flight landed at 6:40 am (0210 GMT), marking the 38th .. Manila suspends AstraZeneca jab for under 60s dpa Manila The Philippines on Thursday temporarily suspended the use of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine for those younger than 60 following reports from abroad of rare blood clots in some recipients. The country’s ..