APEC leaders will not change into national costumes for 'family photo' at Vladivostok summit

The leaders of Asian and Pacific countries will not take a picture in Russian national costumes at the APEC summit in Vladivostok.

Interfax was told that the traditional 'family photo' of presidents and prime ministers attending the forum is planned but the leaders will be formally dressed for it.

"Photos in national costumes were not taken at the APEC summit for three years and it has been decided against returning to the practice in Vladivostok," a source on the organizing committee of the summit told Interfax.

The leaders of APEC economies for many years took photos in the national costumes of the hosting country. It was an informal tradition of the forum. It was kept secret what clothes the leaders would make their appearance in.

Three years ago at the summit in Singapore the tradition was broken for the first time without any official explanations - participants wore ordinary business suits. In 2010 in Yokohama the 'family photo' was again taken in regular clothes. After that U.S. President Barack Obama cancelled the initially planned photo in Hawaiian shirts in Honolulu.

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