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Awkward moment Scott Morrison is left to check his phone at the G7 summit while other leaders chat

Scott Morrison looked awkward and slightly out of place while engaging with other world leaders at the G7 Summit in France.   

The Australian Prime Minister cut a lonely figure among world leaders during official photo opportunities at the high-powered international forum in Biarritz.

Invited by French President Emmanuel Macron, Mr Morrison was left to stare at his phone as US president Donald Trump mingled with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Scott Morrison watches on as US First Lady Melania Trump warmly greets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Also pictured is US President Trump in deep conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron’s wife Brigette

Footage showed the leaders socialising while a glum-looking Mr Morrison stood alone in the background, despite his wife Jenny being present.

The Prime Minister’s awkward interactions didn’t go unnoticed by the public.

‘Wonder what the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is thinking in the background there,’ one eagled-eyed viewer tweeted.

Another added: ‘Scott Morrison as usual the ‘Have a Go-between’.’

One official photo captured the US First Lady Melania Trump warmly greeting Mr Trudeau with a kiss on the cheek as Mr Morrison sheepishly looked on from behind. 

‘She isn’t looking at Scott Morrison this way,’ one person tweeted.

As world leaders mingle at G7 Summit, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison cut a lonely figure in the background as he checked his phone

As world leaders mingle at G7 Summit, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison cut a lonely figure in the background as he checked his phone

Mr Morrison finally got some love at the G7 Summit on Sunday when he shared a warm embrace with French President Emmanuel Macron, who had invited the Prime Minister along to the summit

Mr Morrison finally got some love at the G7 Summit on Sunday when he shared a warm embrace with French President Emmanuel Macron, who had invited the Prime Minister along to the summit

Another added: ‘Is Australian PM Scott Morrison in line behind her for a kiss also. Is kissing a custom at meetings of world leaders?’

Other photos showed Trump chatting with and kissing Mr Macron’s wife Brigette as Mr Morrison looked on in the background. 

Mr Morrison finally got some love when he shared a warm hug with Mr Macron.

Earlier, Mr Morrison met with US President Donald Trump and demanded the US resolve its hostile trade war with China.  

He is expected to discuss the issue on Sunday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who hosted the G20 and strongly backed Mr Morrison’s efforts, and Angel Gurria, the head of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

He will also raise it during one of the formal G7 sessions he’ll take part in on Monday, on the topic of the digital transformation. 

Australia's prime minister wasn't getting much love at the as US President Donald Trump received a warm greeting from Brigitte Macron, wife of French President Emmanuel Macron

Australia’s prime minister wasn’t getting much love at the as US President Donald Trump received a warm greeting from Brigitte Macron, wife of French President Emmanuel Macron

Australia's First Lady Jenny Morrison joined her husband behind US First Lady Melania Trump (front) and husband Donald

Australia’s First Lady Jenny Morrison joined her husband behind US First Lady Melania Trump (front) and husband Donald

Mr Morrison will also hold bilateral meetings with Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera and Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Monday. 

Mr Morrison is expected to also meet new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and India’s leader Narendra Modi during the summit.

The 2019 talks are likely to encompass a wide agenda, including the global economy, the escalating US-China trade dispute, climate change and the Amazon wildfires, taxes on tech giants, the planned US-UK-Australia operation in the Straits of Hormuz, and the ongoing unrest in Hong Kong.

Scott Morrison, pictured with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and US President Donald Trump endured a few awkward moments

Scott Morrison, pictured with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and US President Donald Trump endured a few awkward moments 

Us President Donald Trump (centre) gets a laugh from the French president during G7 'family photo'opportunity . Also pictured are Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (far left), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right), Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Us President Donald Trump (centre) gets a laugh from the French president during G7 ‘family photo’opportunity . Also pictured are Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (far left), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right), Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Mr Morrison expects to be given a hard time by Mr Johnson over the cricket after England’s thrilling one wicket victory against Australia at Headlingley to level the Ashes series 1-1.

‘I’m sure he’ll give me a hard time about the fact they clipped us in the latest Ashes,’ Mr Morrison told reporters.

Mr Macron is seeking to shake up the summit’s format and apart from inviting several new participants, he has declared there will be no joint statement issued at the end and derided ‘these communiques that no one reads’.

At last year’s summit in Canada, US President Donald Trump left early and spent his plane ride home sending disparaging tweets about the communique he had just signed.

As other world leaders and their spouses mingled with each other, Australian prime minister Scott Morrison was left on watch on awkwardly in the background

As other world leaders and their spouses mingled with each other, Australian prime minister Scott Morrison was left on watch on awkwardly in the background

 

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