Mehriban Aliyeva: Joint efforts to bring Azerbaijani, French peoples closer
Azerbaijan's First Lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva met with a French delegation led by President of the Association of Friends of Azerbaijan in France, member of the National Assembly Jean-Francois Mancel on June 20 in Baku.
Mehriban Aliyeva expressed her confidence that the French delegation's visit was successful, Azertac reported.
“I am happy that you watched the Formula 1 race which was held in Azerbaijan for the first time,” said the first lady.
Mrs.Aliyeva thanked Mancel for an increase in the number of members of the Association of Friends of Azerbaijan in France.
The first lady said there were first time visitors in the French delegation, expressing hope that those who become familiar with the country would contribute to strengthening Azerbaijani-French ties.
Mrs.Aliyeva hailed the development of relations between the two countries in all fields, particularly in political, economic and inter-parliamentary areas. She also highlighted humanitarian ties, and said a French lyceum was inaugurated in the country a year ago.
The president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation reminded that an Azerbaijan-French University is expected to open this year. “I am sure that joint efforts in humanitarian field will bring our peoples closer to each other,” she said.
Mancel praised high-level organization of the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe in Baku, saying Azerbaijan had a rich experience in arranging such international events.
Later, Mrs. Aliyeva was presented with a keepsake on behalf of the Association of Friends of Azerbaijan in France.
Earlier, the French delegation was received by President Ilham Aliyev, who described the visit as a good opportunity for the French MPs to better familiarize themselves with the country.
Praising the high level bilateral relations between the two countries, President Aliyev underlined the positive role of the interparliamentary cooperation in the expansion of these ties.
President Aliyev pointed to the two countries' successful cooperation in a variety of fields, including economy, energy, transportation, high technology, trade and education. Praising the level of bilateral ties between the two countries, President Ilham Aliyev noted that the most important task was to ensure the French public's awareness of Azerbaijan's realities and the current development processes in the country.
Mancel, for his part noted that they were mobilized at the National Assembly in order to prevent unpleasant anti-Azerbaijani initiatives, adding they have already proved their friendly feelings towards Azerbaijan.