Ambassador: France is going to become strategic partner for Azerbaijan

Ambassador: France is going to become strategic partner for Azerbaijan
# 23 January 2015 10:50 (UTC +04:00)

“French-Azerbaijani relations have intensified in 2014. The French and Azerbaijani presidents had three meetings last year. French President Francois Hollande’s visit to Azerbaijan in May, 2014 was very successful. On October 27, Paris hosted the Karabakh summit where the French president initiated the meeting of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan.

French-Azerbaijani relations are based on three main columns. The first of these columns is the enhancement of political dialogue. Azerbaijan and France share the same opinions in various international organizations. The second is economic ties, which are the essence of a number of relations (issues). France is going to become a strategic partner for Azerbaijan in many areas. We, first of all, intend to expand energy cooperation. The French company GDF Suez will become the first buyer of Azerbaijani gas. France is also a country of engineers, not only a country of perfumery, fashion and chocolate. We are going to enhance cooperation in the transport area, including urban, railway and sea transports.

Our relations cover cultural and humanitarian areas, as well. The presidents of both countries underlined the importance of cooperation on education. The concept of the joint Azerbaijan-France University is currently being developed. Azerbaijanis who will study in the university can obtain dual diplomas or the diplomas of French universities in Azerbaijan. We will strengthen cooperation among universities.

With the view of developing cultural ties, a document was signed to arrange visa-free travels for cultural figures between the two countries. President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva is holding a number of events which are of importance in terms of promoting Azerbaijan. I’m very glad that the number of French brands is going to increase in Azerbaijan, the streets are becoming more and more modern like those in Paris,” he said.

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