President Obama to Discuss ISIS in Meeting With Iraqi Prime Minister at G7 Summit
Jun 8, 2015, 7:23 AM ET
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The Awkward Moment Between President Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister

President Obama will meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the G7 Summit inGermany today to discuss the fight against ISIS. But there was an awkward moment between the two leaders ahead of their meeting.

Obama was engaged in a deep conversation with Italian Prime Minister Mario Renzi and IMFhead Christine Lagarde when Prime Minister Abadi sat down next to the three leaders. But none of the leaders acknowledged Abadi as they sat merely a foot away from him.

The three leaders eventually stood up, prompting Abadi to stand as well. Unrecognized by the leaders engulfed in conversation, Abadi looked at his watch as his translator lifted his hands in the air and eventually walked away.

Obama and Abadi's one-on-one meeting this morning comes at a time when the White House strategy to combat ISIS is under fire as the group has made strides in Iraq and Syria. It will be the first time the two men have met since ISIS took control of Ramadi last month.

“The president and his team are constantly reviewing their strategy and looking for lessons learned, particularly in those areas where the strategy has been successful in making progress against ISIL, using those lessons learned and applying those to the areas where we’ve experiences some setbacks,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Sunday.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter recently made controversial comments suggesting the Iraqi security forces lack the will to fight ISIS, a statement that surprised the Iraqi prime minister.

Last week, Abadi told reporters Iraqi security forces need more assistance from the international community in fighting ISIS

“They have brought hundreds of new fighters, well-trained, well-armed, very good networking,” Abadi said before a meeting in Paris last week. “We are trying very hard on our part, but this is a transnational organization. It needs all the intelligence of the world, and we are not getting much.”
It’s an appeal he was expected to make in his meeting with President Obama today.

Though Iraq is not a member of the G7, Abadi participated in the summit as a member of an outreach group to discuss terrorism and development. Newly elected Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Tunisian PresidenT Beji Caid Essebi also participated in the summit