G8 leaders enjoy Comber spuds and Irish coffees at working dinner
Published 17/06/2013 | 20:43
Leaders of the world's most powerful countries feasted on local Northern Irish delicacies at the G8 summit in Lough Erne this evening.
The eight G8 prime ministers and presidents - David Cameron, US president Barack Obama, Russia's Vladimir Putin, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, France's Francois Hollande, Italian PM Enrico Letta, Canada's Stephen Harper and Shinzo Abe of Japan - were joined by European Commission and Council presidents Jose Manuel Barroso and Herman van Rompuy for the intimate meal at the end of the first day of the summit.
The 10 statesmen were alone in the room without advisers, in order to create an atmosphere to meet Mr Cameron's hope for "a meeting where we can look each other in the eye, cut through the obstacles and the opposition and generate the political will to solve the problems we face".
The working dinner, which focused on foreign affairs issues including Syria and Libya, took place in a waterside lodge at the luxury Lough Erne golfing resort near Enniskillen, where the two-day summit is being staged.
The room features a traditional Irish hotel bar and fireside seats to encourage the leaders to linger for a chat over a glass of whiskey or a pint of Guinness.
The menu for the meal was:
Kilkeel crab, prawn and avocado salad
Roast fillet and braised shin of Kettyle beef, with violet artichokes, Comber new potatoes and seasonal vegetables
Apple crumble with Bushmills whiskey custard.
Selection of cheeses from the British Isles
Irish coffee or fresh mint tea
Mint, rose and violet creams