EU Commission head not bothered by supposed snub – spokesperson — Analysis

Uganda’s top diplomat seemingly ignored Ursula von der Leyen walking past her to shake hands with two men

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the EU Commission is not concerned after being reportedly ignored by Uganda’s foreign minister. A commission spokesperson announced Monday that she had no regrets. This happened at Friday’s EU-Africa summit. Abubakhar Jeje Odongo looked at von der Leyen and nodded before he got to shaking hands with Charles Michel, President of EU Council, as well as French President Emmanuel Macron.

Macron directed Odongo towards von der Leyen, after greeting them both. Odongo then spoke briefly to the president of the commission. 

Eric Mamer, speaking on Monday, said von der Leyen was concerned more about the events in Ukraine and continuing diplomatic efforts with Russia.

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“Who said that there was an incident? What did you think of the European Commission stating that an incident occurred? Absolutely not,”Mamer stated.

“Please, leave the European Commission president out of this story … Frankly, I think we should avoid making a storm in a teacup,”He concluded. 

The incident prompted comparisons with the infamous ‘Sofagate’ scandal, which occurred in April 2021. Von der Leyen, along with Michel, was left without a seat when she met Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdan. 

Michel and Erdogan sat opposite each other in gold-plated chairs, while von der Leyen had no choice but to use a couch a bit further away from the action. 

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