Baku, Azerbaijan, March 13
President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today received former Prime Minister of France, Dominique de Villepin.
The former prime minister congratulated President Ilham Aliyev on Azerbaijan's high economic development rate.
Touching upon the economic growth in Azerbaijan, Dominique de Villepin said they wished Europe would achieve such important results too.
He hailed the role of Azerbaijan in the region, saying the country plays the role of a bridge between the East and the West and considers secular values as a priority for society.
The former French PM said his country was interested in developing partnership ties with Azerbaijan.
President Ilham Aliyev noted that along with development of the economy, Azerbaijan also attached great importance to its diversification.
Azerbaijani president said France was one of the important partners for Azerbaijan. Azerbaijani leader noted that the two countries have strong political relations.
Touching upon the development of economic ties, President Ilham Aliyev said both countries are interested in boosting the bilateral cooperation on this front.