France Keen In Higher Development Of Economic Relations With Azerbai


[June 03, 2004, 10:51:18]

As was informed to AzerTAj from the press center of the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, on June 2 Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan
Republic Elmar Mammadyarov has received the ambassador of France in
our country Ms. Chantal Poiret in connection with termination of her
diplomatic mission in our republic.

Having noted, that the relations between Azerbaijan and France have
traditionally friendly character, minister Elmar Mammadyarov has
emphasized necessity of more active participation of France within the
framework of the Minsk Group and in the ongoing processes in region.

Having emphasized importance of settlement of regional conflicts,
in particular the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorny Karabakh conflict, for
establishment of stability and safety in the region, the Minister has
especially noted active participation of France in the economic life
of Azerbaijan.

Ambassador Chantal Poiret, having expressed gratitude to the Azerbaijan
side for fruitful cooperation and assistance rendered to her during
work in our country, has emphasized confidence of expansion and
henceforth relations between two states. She has stated that within
3 years of work in Baku was the direct witness of development of
Azerbaijan people and statehood, has expressed hope for the prompt
peace settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorny Karabakh conflict
due to joint efforts of the international community.

Having noted interest of her country in development of cooperation
with Azerbaijan in oil branch, the Ambassador, speaking about
activity of one of the authoritative oil companies of France –
companies “Totalfinaelf ” – in our Republic, and also necessity of
strengthening of economic relations, informed that the delegation
of businessmen of French province Validuaz in September – October of
the current year will make visit to Baku.

Minister Elmar Mammadyarov wished the ambassador Ms. Chantal Poiret
successes in the further activity.