The G20 summit is to be held in Buenos Aires on 30th November and 1st December 2018 and those participating will include:
- Argentina. Mauricio Macri, President (Host)
- Australia. Scott Morrison, Prime Minister.
- Brazil. Michel Temer, President.
- Canada. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister.
- China. Xi Jinping, President.
- France. Emmanuel Macron, President.
- Germany. Angela Merkel, Chancellor.
- India. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister.
- USA. Donald Trump, President.
- United Kingdom. Teresa May, Prime Minister.
...and others of course.
The security details of these leaders are mind blowing, with many taking teams of security agents which far outnumber the actual delegates. Here are some details, taken from Google translate here.
"Among the most extreme cases are the presidents of China, Russia, the United States, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, who stand out among the most fussy regarding security measures, according to Clarin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has so many security measures that include even a 'seer' in the kitchen to examine how and what the food he is going to take. In addition, according to the Argentine newspaper, the security body includes snipers.
In the case of Donald Trump, planes, weapons, armoured cars and even the new 'Beast', the vehicle that traditionally transfers to the president of the United States, are expected. The security of Trump includes a caravan integrated by 40 units of 170 at his disposal.
(President Trump will come with 1,000 security officers and an aircraft carrier.)
In addition, the US delegation requested a tent at the entrance to the Colón theater for safety. According to reports, the new Trump Beast is too big for the curves of the Costa Salguero property, so it is unknown how the US president will enter the Summit site.
The delegation of Chinese President Xi Jinping explicitly stated that he wants to be located in a preferential manner in the group photos and in the plenary sessions. In addition, Xi asked for a private room for him in Costa Salguero for his delegation and he put extreme controls on the anti-China protests.
The Chinese, as Americans, Russians, Indians and Saudis, took measures against nuclear, chemical, biological, anti-drone, anti-floating objects and asked for a list of the domestic service of the hotel where they will stay, as well as which journalists they will not be able to do questions.
For his part, the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohamed Bin Salman, will star in Buenos Aires his first international meeting after the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, at the Turkish consulate. However, it stands out among the most eccentric of the meeting with a delegation of 400 people. For his stay in the Argentine capital Salman brings four armoured cars on cargo planes and requested an exclusive prayer room at the hotel and at the Costa Salguero complex. He also requested toilets, bidet and washes Kohler brand (English) that will pay the Saudi monarchy.
German Angela Merkel, who will travel with a delegation of less than a hundred people and also plans to have breakfast on the 30th in Olivos with Macri. The same will make the Japanese Shinzo Abe, the Dutchman Mike Rutte and the British Theresa May.
The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan travels with almost 200 people and among his exclusive orders are halal food, one of the practices of the Muslim religion. In addition, his security also requested to see how the leader cooks what he will eat, for which there will be a waiter assigned to the dinner table of the 30th.
They also reminded that they are not served alcohol and as the president will be super-guarded by troops with special weapons, they told Argentine security and other countries to be careful to avoid incidents.
For his part, the French Emmanuel Macron will arrive in Buenos Aires with 130 people, for which he has two hotels blocked, one of which will stay with Brigitte, the first lady. For his stay he asked for vegetarian food.
In general, most of the delegations asked to be exempted from immigration controls and scanners and showed special interest in knowing the Teatro Colón."
Let's hope they don't trip over anything then.