Azerbaijan`s First Lady meets French culture minister in Paris
As part of a ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of restoration of the independence of Azerbaijan took place in Paris, Azerbaijan`s First Lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, UNESCO and ISESCO Goodwill Ambassador, MP Mehriban Aliyeva met Thursday French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterand, the AzerTaj state news agency reported.
The French Minister expressed satisfaction with a meeting with Mrs. Aliyeva. Mitterand said he was aware of the fact that First Lady of Azerbaijan were doing a lot of work to popularize the country`s culture. He noted the French community`s knowledge about Azerbaijan had significantly increased.
The Minister said both documentaries and TV advertisings arouse great interest in the French people and they learn a lot about Azerbaijan.
Mitterand also described the ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of restoration of Azerbaijan`s independence as a "great success". He also stressed the importance of such events and meetings.
The French Minister said he was trying so hard to deepen cultural relations between Azerbaijan and France.
Mitterand pointed out Azerbaijan and France had close relationship. He also noted he wishes to visit Azerbaijan as a continuation of this cooperation.
Azerbaijan`s First Lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva thanked Minister Mitterand as he had accepted the invitation to participate in the ceremony. Mrs. Aliyeva said the French Minister`s support is "very important for us".
She noted peoples know each-other better through culture and it plays very important role in development of relations.
"This is our first event. But I hope that we will organize several such cultural events over a month, and we specially attach great importance to the organization of such events in France."
Mrs. Aliyeva added France was a country with the oldest history and culture in the world.
The First Lady invited Mitterand to Azerbaijan, expressing hope that "we will meet in Azerbaijan in the near future".