Moroccan PM Abdelilah Benkirane recently met in Rabat with two Belgian ministers: Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders (MR) and Justice Minister Annemie Turtelboom (Open Vld). However, during the meeting he barely paid attention to Turtleboom, and instead focused on her male colleague, Reynders. Benkirane praised Reynders' French, and told him he 'didn't have to come with an interpreter'.
Turtleboom made it clear who she was, but Benkirane continued to ignore her.Turtleboom was upset, but swallowed the insult since she didn't want to cause a diplomatic row. Moroccan-Belgian MPs say her reaction is unblievable, and that Belgium should respond.