Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 19
Azerbaijan's first lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, head of Azerbaijan-France interparliamentary friendship group Mehriban Aliyeva met on February 19 with a delegation led by Senator representing Upper Rhine department at the French Senate, member of the French-Caucasus friendship group Jean-Marie Bockel.
At the meeting Mehriban Aliyeva said the French delegation's visit would contribute to the strengthening of relations between the two countries and development of inter-parliamentary cooperation.
She hailed the bilateral cooperation in political, economic and humanitarian fields.
The first lady praised the contribution of the French Senate members, Azerbaijan's friends in France and members of France-Azerbaijan friendship group to the development of cooperation between the two countries.
"The friendship group is aimed informing the French society about the Azerbaijani realities. I am happy that we have achieved a lot of success in recent years thanks to joint activity. Over these years twelve regions and cities of France and Azerbaijan have signed a number of documents on sistership and cooperation," said Mehriban Aliyeva.
Noting that there was a French lyceum in Baku, she said an Azerbaijani-French university will open in the country this year.
The president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation emphasized that a series of events aimed at promoting Azerbaijan were held in France, and similar events will be held this year as well.
Mehriban Aliyeva hailed the fact that apart from capital Baku, the French Senate delegation would visit Azerbaijani regions.
"During your visit to the regions you will meet with the people who have become refugees and IDPs as a result of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," she stressed.
Mehriban Aliyeva said Azerbaijan has done its utmost to find a peaceful solution to the conflict for more than twenty years. The first lady expressed her disappointment that the negotiations have yielded no results. Mehriban Aliyeva said that the Azerbaijani government applauds France's support on this issue.
"Our stance is clear. We have no territorial claims against any country. What we want is just the liberation of Azerbaijani territories and the return of refugees and internally displaced people to their native lands," said the first lady.
She in particular underlined the activities of a strong Armenian lobby in France and their spreading false information about Azerbaijan.
"The friendship group's objective is to deliver truth to the French society," Mehriban Aliyeva emphasized.
She thanked the French Senate members for their support on this issue.
Jean-Marie Bockel praised the Azerbaijani first lady's contribution to the strengthening of relations between the two countries.