Baku, Azerbaijan, May 9
By Aygun Badalova - Trend:
Azerbaijan gains more and more importance on the international arena, French parliament member Nathalie Goulet said an in interview to Trend on May 9.
"Azerbaijan looks more and more important for the whole world, especially after Ukrainian crisis," Goulet sais, who is on the official visit to Baku within French delegation.
The Ukrainian crisis showed the true position of many countries, according to Goulet.
In particular, Azerbaijan's support for the Ukrainian territorial integrity during the voting in the UN General Assembly on the Crimea issue shows that Azerbaijan is a trustable ally in the South Causasian region, she said.
"Crimean crisis helped Azerbaijan very much as it showed to the whole world that Azerbaijan is a trustable ally, both in diplomatic issues and strategic partnership," Goulet said.
The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a resolution declaring the referendum held in Crimea on March 16 on its annexation by Russia as being invalid.
Some 100 countries voted in favour, 58 abstained, whilst Russia and 10 other countries voted against the resolution.
Russia's position was supported by Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Cuba, North Korea, Nicaragua, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.
Touching upon the issues of cooperation between Azerbaijan and France, the French MP noted that bilateral relations between the two countries are already at very high level.
A forthcoming official visit of French President Francois Hollande to Baku, which is scheduled for May 11, will contribute to further development of cooperation between the two countries in various fields, according to Goulet.
Azerbaijan is one of the most important economic partners of France in the South Caucasus, and politico-economic, social, humanitarian and other fields of relations between the two countries has further deepened and entered a new stage of development in recent years.
In particular, it is expected to sign a memorandum of understanding in the field of energy during the French president's visit.