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Summit between Russian Azerbaijani and Iranian presidents delayed

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A summit between the presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran, Vladimir Putin, Ilham Aliyev and Hassan Rouhani, has been postponed, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday, APA reports citing TASS.

"The summit between the presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan, and Iran, which had been scheduled for this week, was delayed due to technical reasons," Peskov said.

The first summit in this format was held in Azerbaijan’s capital of Baku in August 2016, at the initiative of the Azerbaijani leader. The presidents focused on joint economic projects and regional security issues. After the summit, the leaders adopted a joint declaration, confirming the intention to develop trilateral cooperation. The document concerned such spheres of cooperation as joint anti-terror fight, ironing out regional conflicts, cooperation in the Caspian region, developing ties in the spheres of energy, transport, and others.

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USAID invested 55M in Azerbaijani agriculture

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Over the past five years, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has invested about $5.5 million in Azerbaijan’s agricultural sector, said Mission Director for USAID in Azerbaijan Jay Singh during the From Village to City agro tour on the territory of the Citrus Valley farm in Istisu settlement of Azerbaijan’s Lankaran city, Trend reports.

Singh noted that as a result of US dollar investments by the agency, farmers received additional export opportunities worth $75 million, a part of which – $25 million – makes up the European market.

USAID mission director added that agritourism is one of the most interesting areas of agribusiness, and is a relatively new area of ​​cooperation between the Agency and Azerbaijan.

On Dec. 15, as part of the From Village to City project, the agro tour “Citrus Valley” was jointly organized by USAID and Agro Procurement and Supply OJSC.

Heads of diplomatic missions accredited in Azerbaijan, representatives of international organizations, the relevant state and private structures took part in the agro tour of the Citrus Valley farm located in Istisu settlement of Lankaran city.

The main purpose of the agro tour was to give foreign and local guests detailed information about the From Village to City project agro-tourism project being implemented in Azerbaijan for the first time, to familiarize them with one of the local farms, and also to support the development of agro tourism in Lankaran and other Azerbaijani regions.

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Azerbaijani folk dances featured at Stockholm childrens festivals

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The children’s international music and dance festivals held in the Swedish capital of Stockholm have featured performance of Azerbaijani folk dances, AZERTAC reported.

“Qarabag” dance group of SAF Swedish Azerbaijani Association, based in Sweden, performed the country’s national dances such as "Nalbaki", "Naz elama" and others at the New Year’s Eve international children's festival held by Alvik Municipality in Stockholm. The performance of the Azerbaijani dancers aroused deep interest among the audience.

Azerbaijan's culture was promoted at the festivals through joint efforts of SAF Swedish Azerbaijani Association Chairwoman Sevda Dadashova and the diaspora activists who informed the local community and festival participants about Azerbaijan by answering their questions.

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Oil prices fall on world markets

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Oil prices have fallen on the world markets.

On London ICE (InterContinental Exchange Futures) cost of the Brent crude oil decreased $0.15 to stand at $65.07, while the price of Light crude oil at the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange) fell $0.18 to trade at $59.89

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