On your left, Mr. President. No, over here. Care to chat?

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Posted: Jun 08, 2015 6:42 PM
On your left, Mr. President. No, over here. Care to chat?

ELMAU, Germany (AP) — Sometimes even a nation's leader can't get a word in edgewise.

In an awkward moment at the Group of Seven summit in Germany Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi seeks to get President Barack Obama's attention.

For naught.

Obama, seated on a bench chatting with Italian Prime Minister Mario Renzi and IMF managing director Christine Lagarde appears not to notice when when Abadi sits to Obama's left. The president, his back turned to Abadi, continued his huddle with Renzi and Lagarde.

Even after Obama, Renzi and Lagarde stand, none acknowledge Abadi nearby. Abadi then checks his watch, his translator raises his hands in a shrug, and the two walk away.

Obama and Abadi did have a private session later Monday where they discussed the fight against the Islamic State.