Azerbaijan and France have an extensive cooperation and it covers important fields. The presidents also discussed the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, the current state of negotiation process and results of Sochi talks”, said Deputy Head of Presidential Administration, Head of foreign Relations Department Novruz Mammadov, APA reports.
Mammadov said that the French president asked about the results of Sochi meeting held between the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents on the initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin:
“As president of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing state, Francois Hollande wanted to know about possible steps can be taken toward the resolution of the conflict. After a long break, there is an increased interest toward the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. At the same time, the international community, co-chairing states and its leaders understand that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict’s remaining unresolved for a long time is not good. In August, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev visited Sochi at the invitation of Russian President and the sides exchanged views on the conflict. Though a concrete result was not achieved at Sochi meeting, in general, the importance of the meeting was underlined in terms of its impact on the future processes. In this regard, the meeting with the President of France is significant as well. So we can conclude that the French President also intends to reinforce his activities regarding the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict”, Mammadov said.
Mammadov said in principle, leaders of all three OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing states are interested in the resolution of the conflict”, he said.