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Iraq’s Abadi snubbed by Obama in bench chat

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Iraqi Prime Minister Hayder al-Abadi found himself in an embarrassing situation at the G-7 summit on Monday when he went to join Barack Obama and two other world leaders for a chat.

The U.S. president was chatting to Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the IMF when Abadi joined them on the bench they were sitting on.

During the cringe-worthy encounter, Obama seems oblivious to Abadi who is sitting right behind him and stands up closely followed by the other two world leaders.

The video, which captured the whole event then shows Iraqi PM follow suit – but after a painful moment in which he remains apparently un noticed he looks at his watch, shrugs his shoulders and finally walks away.

It is not like the Iraqi leader has been ignored throughout – the threat of ISIS in Iraq has been one of the topics under discussion.