BAKU: Azeri president meets outgoing diplomats

Azeri president meets outgoing diplomats

Space TV, Baku
31 May 04

[Presenter] Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev today received the
outgoing head of the OSCE Baku Office, Peter Burkhard, and the French
ambassador to Azerbaijan, Chantale Poiret.

[Correspondent over video of Aliyev, Burkhard and Poiret] Ilham Aliyev
expressed his regret that Peter Burkhard’s diplomatic mission in
Azerbaijan is coming to an end, adding that his tenure was memorable
and interesting. The president thanked the head of the OSCE Baku
Office for active involvement in Azerbaijan’s democratization,
economic reforms and civil society building.

The OSCE representative expressed satisfaction with the hospitality
and respect he enjoyed while in Baku. He said that the OSCE and other
influential organizations would continue their active cooperation
with our country also in the future.

Today Aliyev also met the French ambassador to Azerbaijan, Chantale
Poiret. The president noted the high level of political, economic
and other kind of bilateral relations during Chantale Poiret’s time
in Azerbaijan. At the same time, he praised the ambassador for her
efforts to arrange his visit to France and spoke highly of its outcome.

He talked about the ambassador’s role in developing ties between the
two countries and said that as a cochair of the OSCE Minsk Group,
France was making great efforts to settle the Armenian, Azerbaijani
and Nagornyy Karabakh conflict, and Mrs Poiret played an important
role in this process.

She praised our nation for hospitality shown during her period in
office. The ambassador said that she would not cease her contacts
with Azerbaijan once in France.

Gunay Mammadova for Space TV