Daily Archives: December 11, 2017

Turkish, Russian presidents meet in Ankara

Baku, December 11, AZERTAC

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday met in the Turkish capital Ankara, according to Anadolu Agency.

The meeting, which was closed to the media, started at 7.45 p.m. local time (1645GMT) at the Presidential Complex and lasted an hour.

The leaders are thought to have discussed bilateral relations and regional and international developments, particularly Syria.

After meeting Erdogan, Putin and his delegation are due to be hosted at a banquet followed by a joint news conference.

The last time the two leaders met in person was in the Russian resort of Sochi on Nov. 22, when they held a summit on Syria with Iran.

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Azerbaijan, Russia hail development of bilateral relations

Baku, December 11, AZERTAC

Azerbaijan and Russia have hailed the development of bilateral relations as Azerbaijani Parliament Speaker Ogtay Asadov met with a delegation led by Chairman of the Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots at the State Duma of the Russian Federation Leonid Kalashnikov.

Speaker Asadov emphasized the role of personal ties between the presidents of the two countries in strengthening the bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Russia.

He praised cooperation between the two countries` legislative bodies both in a bilateral format and within international organizations.

Asadov provided an insight into the Azerbaijani government`s measures to preserve the Russian language and culture in the country, and ensure the activities of Russian language educational institutions.

Kalashnikov hailed bilateral relations between the two countries in various areas.

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F1 attendance figures hit four million in 2017

Baku, December 11, AZERTAC

More than four million spectators attended F1 races in 2017 – an increase of 8% on 2016, according to official figures, Formula1.com reports.

In total 13 races saw a swell in crowd numbers, with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku – for many the year’s most exciting race – seeing a 58% increase.

In absolute terms, the Canadian and the Austrian Grands Prix saw the biggest rises, each boasting 60,000 spectators more compared to the previous year across the weekend.

The global average attendance per event was 203,570, while for race day, the estimated average attendance was 76,722, which is more than the average attendances reported for the UEFA Champions League, the Premier League and the Bundesliga in 2016/17, the NFL in 2016 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Commenting on the figures, Sean Bratches, Managing Director, Commercial Operations at Formula 1 said: “The 2017 season was a great spectacle, on and off track, thanks to drivers, teams and, most of all, fans, the beating heart of our sport.

“An attendance of more than 200,000 per event means that for 20 weekends per year, the population of a medium-sized city visits a race track to watch to a Formula 1 Grand Prix. Our duty is to make each of these events even more entertaining to unleash what is the greatest racing spectacle on the planet.”

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Saudi Arabia to allow cinemas next year

Baku, December 11, AZERTAC

Saudi Arabia will allow commercial cinemas to operate in the oil-rich kingdom as of March 2018, according to Saudi authorities on Monday, Anadolu Agency reports.

In a statement, the Ministry of Culture and Information said permits would be given to movie theaters to operate in the kingdom.

“We expect the first movie theater to operate in March 2018,” Information Minister Awwad al-Awwad said.

Saudi authorities shut down all cinemas in the country in the 1980s.

The new development comes as part of reforms introduced by Saudi King Salman, including the lifting of a decades-long ban on women driving cars in the country.

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