Sisi's hand was left unshaken, Obama was called a rude word and Putin didn't get the attention he wanted. The G20 in full colour
It was meant to be a G20 summit held under the theme of international cooperation. Instead, diplomatic snubs dominated the agenda - including Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's rather "colourful" description of his US counterpart Barack Obama.
The meeting in Hangzhou, China will also be remembered - in Egypt at least - for apparent snubs against Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The Egyptian president was ignored by his Russian and Turkish counterparts as they shook the hands of others around them.
And, in footage from another part of the meeting, Obama apparently flat out refused a handshake.
— AMY_ (❤أحبك ربي❤) (@AMY_Go1) September 4, 2016
— Dawood (@Suleiman_Dawood) September 4, 2016
Another video showed Sisi's heavies asking US Secretary of State John Kerry if he had a 'mobile phone with a camera' before a meeting with Egypt's president. Kerry's response summed up the question.
Social media was rife with discussion on Obama's apparent lack of interest in a conversation with Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
— Faiz Sobhan (@zen_philosopher) September 5, 2016
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Egyptian state media however, had a different interpretation. Prominent pro-Sisi reporter Ahmed Mousa dismissed the images and described Erdogan pandering to Putin, describing him as ‘Putin’s servant’.
Obama’s clear effort in trying to improve relations with the Turkish president did not go amiss either, as a video of him making his way around the meeting table in an attempt to shake Erdogan’s hand.
G20 Musical chairs
Sisi queues after Modi to shake Obama's hand
Obama goes around the table for Erdogan handshake pic.twitter.com/GBDi8GhrrS
— Rishi Bagree 🇮🇳 (@rishibagree) September 5, 2016
Obama goes round the table to shake hands with President Erdogan,Sisi queues to shake hands with uninterested Obama https://t.co/1fTB7WJfk0
— Ibrahim Mukhtar (@ibramukh) September 4, 2016
And Obama himself appeared to be snubbed by the hosts - Chinese authorities failed to provide a staircase to allow him to leave his plane, forcing him to use another exit, while rolling out the red carpet for other leaders.
Can you believe that the Chinese would not give Obama the proper stairway to get off his plane - fight on tarmac! https://t.co/FAldS5zZi5
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2016
Egyptian state media was quick to jump on the apparent slight. Mousa, who recently deactivated his twitter account after his poll on whether people would vote for Sisi backfired, described the reception as "humiliating" and said Obama was forced to use the “servants’ steps”.