Northern Ireland

G8 leaders dine on Northern Ireland delicacies

G8 leaders around table
Image caption The talks were focused on foreign affairs, including Syria and Libya

Leaders of the world's most powerful countries dined on delicacies from Northern Ireland at the G8 summit in County Fermanagh on Monday.

The eight G8 prime ministers and presidents were joined by European Commission and Council presidents Jose Manuel Barroso and Herman van Rompuy at the end of the first day of the summit.

The 10 statesmen had a working dinner of Kilkeel crab, prawn and avocado salad, roast fillet and braised shin of Kettyle beef, with artichokes and Comber new potatoes.

It was followed by apple crumble with Bushmills whiskey custard.

The talks were focused on foreign affairs, including Syria and Libya.

Earlier Mr Putin and President Obama held a tense meeting on the edges of the summit.

They both acknowledged their differences over Syria but said they share a common determination to stop the bloodshed.

The meal was held 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 dinner 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 stout.