May 16, 2021

Leaders of the G20 change the tensions of the summit for the joy of the theater

Leaders of the G20 change the tensions of the summit for the joy of the theater

The presidents of the G20 and the rest of the high authorities that arrived in Buenos Aires today exchanged the long meetings and deliberations of the first day of the Group's summit for the joy of a show of Argentine dyes in the emblematic Teatro Colón, which will culminate the working day.

After several hours of plenary sessions behind closed doors, the leaders and their partners were transferred to the theatrical room, inaugurated in 1908 and located on the central Avenue 9 de Julio, a few meters from the emblematic obelisk.

The mayor of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, together with his wife, Barbara Diez, were in charge of receiving in the theater hall, one by one the guests, until they joined them, as hosts, the head of state Argentine, Mauricio Macri and first lady, Juliana Awada.

Among the most prominent guests, the Trump family. The president of the United States, Donald Trump; with his wife, Melania; their daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, arrived smiling, greeted the hosts and took pictures with them.

Also the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, in his first act in Argentina with his counterparts after having delayed his arrival in the country due to an inconvenience with the plane that was going to take her to Buenos Aires.

There was no shortage of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, folk singer Peng Liyuan; the French Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron; the Canadians Justin and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau; the Turks Recep Tayyip and Emine Erdogan and the Head of Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, being that country the permanent guest of the group.

Solas were the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May; the Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde.

And alone, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin; the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman, and the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.

They all joked when they arrived with the Macri couple.

In the family photo, Merkel stood with the Xi on one side and Putin on the other; the Trump couple with the Macri couple on the left and the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie, on the right.

For his part, the Saudi prince, involved in the scandal over the investigation into the crime of a journalist in the Saudi consulate in Turkey, placed himself, at one extreme, with the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, who arrived at the G20 in representation of the Caribbean Community.

Once the image was immortalized, the leaders -among them FIFA President Gianni Infantino- visited their locations to witness the cultural spectacle, which, according to the Argentine presidency, seeks to synthesize the identity of the country.

It is a function of "Argentum", with the artistic direction of Ricky Pashkus, with great technological deployment, 84 dancers who were on stage, 75 live musicians and guest artists.

During 40 minutes, those present were invited to live an experience "that brings together all the richness of the landscapes and climates, of the flora and fauna, of the natural resources, of the products of the earth, of the hand of man, of the ethnic, cultural and artistic diversity of each of the Argentine regions ".

After the show, which ended with Macri excited and unable to repress the tears, and with strong applause from the leaders and their companions, all acceded to the Golden Hall to enjoy a dinner, with a menu that includes typical Argentine dishes and a selection of wines from different viticultural areas of the country: the North, Patagonia and Mendoza.

The Teatro Colón, considered one of the most important opera houses in the world, has served as a stage for artists of the stature of Enrico Caruso, Maria Callas, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, among others.

For two days, the leaders of the 20 leading developed and emerging economies of the world debate in Buenos Aires about the most relevant issues on the global agenda, marked by trade tensions between the United States and powers such as China.

The intense security measures – more than 22,000 federal agents, plus all the troops brought by the leaders – have left Buenos Aires besieged, with the main avenues attached to the meeting place cut off and a large part of public services suspended.

The leaders' discussions will culminate on Saturday, when Buenos Aires will return to normal.


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