The leaders of the world’s largest economies received alpaca scarfs, silver bracelets, wine from Argentina’s Mendoza region and teas from Patagonia as they arrived in Buenos Aires on Thursday for the first G-20 summit to be held in South America.

Heads of the Group of 20 industrialized nations touched down in Buenos Aires, the Argentine capital, for what looked to be a tough two-day summit that opens on Friday, with big differences on major issues including trade, migration and climate change.

But first they were treated to a taste of Argentina.

Women received silver bracelets with a commemorative design, while men received alpaca scarfs woven in Catamarca, a mountainous province in western Argentina.

A spokesman for President Mauricio Macri’s office said first lady Juliana Awada had personally selected the gifts. Awada posted a video on Instagram of women hand-weaving the scarfs in Catamarca, using a technique hundreds of years old.

Leaders will also receive chocolates stuffed with caramelized condensed milk — a local specialty known as “dulce de leche” — as well as specially made tea, candles and wine from the western region of Mendoza, which is renowned for its Malbec
red wines.

At a gala dinner Friday in Buenos Aires’ world-renowned theater, Teatro Colon, G-20 leaders will dine on a traditional Argentine menu of steak, lamb and choripan, a sausage served between bread, the event’s head catering chef told Reuters on

Source: VOA news