The first day of the G20 Summit, Tuesday (15/11), ended with a reception as well as a gala dinner at Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK), which is scheduled for 19.00-21.00 WITA. President Jokowi hosted a dinner for G20 leaders and international organizations at the Cultural Park designed by the artist Nyoman Nuarta.
“Welcome and enjoy this special dinner that has been prepared. Hopefully it’s not too spicy for all the honorable ones,” said Jokowi, who was present in Balinese attire.
All 17 heads of state of the G20 members were present in semi-formal attire. Leaders from Australia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Japan, Turkey, Canada, South Africa, France, Great Britain, Germany, China, India, United States, Italy, Argentina and the European Union attended GWK. Likewise, the Foreign Ministers representing the Brazilian and Mexican delegations also arrived at the location.
Not to forget the leaders of the 9 special invitations were heads of state not members of the G20, namely Singapore, Cambodia, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands, Senegal, Finland, Suriname and Fiji. Plus the addition of a number of VVIP invitees consisting of heads of state and important figures namely the President of Zambia, President of Angola, President of South Sudan, PM of Denmark, Queen Maxima, President of FIFA, President of the IOC, Atlantic Council, and the World Economic Forum.
The surprise came from Indonesia itself. Among the guests were former president Megawati as well as Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Also present were former vice president Jusuf Kalla and his wife Maidah Jusuf Kalla. They look happy when interacting with existing guests.