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Azerbaijan looks to cultivate relations and imitate soft power with Gulf

Azerbaijan’s capital Baku played host to another group of visiting Gulf officials on 18 March as a Saudi delegation led by energy, industry and mineral resources minister Khalid Al-Falih met their Russian counterparts to discuss oil production limits. All is not well in the alliance of convenience between members of the Organisation for Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and other producers; Russia, the driving force alongside Saudi Arabia in the so far successful Opec+ initiative, has forced the cancelation of a meeting scheduled for April on whether to extend a previously-agreed deal to limit output.

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