Oct 30 2013

Minister: Azerbaijan, France have great potential for expansion of bilateral cooperation (Trend News Agency – Azerbaïdjan)

On Wednesday Azerbaijani Minister of Economy and Industry, Shahin Mustafayev received the deputies of the French parliament, heads of a number of regions, as well as the Director General of the International Organization of Vine and Wine, Federico Castellucci, who are visiting Baku.

During the meeting Mustafaev said that relations between Azerbaijan and France in political, economic and humanitarian spheres are developing successfully, and added that the two countries have a great potential to expand bilateral cooperation, the press service of the Ministry told Trend.

It was noted that the opening of Azerbaijan House in France and the French Lyceum in Azerbaijan will contribute to the expansion of bilateral relations.

Wine festivals, held in France and Azerbaijan, play a significant role in the expansion of cooperation between the business circles of both countries.

Mustafayev reminded that soon a wine festival will be held in Azerbaijani city of Ganja and said the interest in such events is growing. He went on to add that holding such exhibitions, presentations and business forums will play a positive role in the development of bilateral relations.

The Minister stressed that trade relations between the two countries are developing successfully. He also underlined the importance of increasing the range of products in mutual trade.

Activities of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in the development of Azerbaijani-French relations were especially noted at the meeting.

Mustafayev also said that Azerbaijan is a reliable partner, economic and cultural center of the region, and stressed that the country has created the political and macroeconomic stability and favourable conditions for investors.

The President of the Supreme Council of Yonne department of the Burgundy region of France, Andre Villiers and the Senator of the French Parliament Joëlle Garriaud-Maylam noted that the relations between the two countries are developing and expanding in economic sphere, particularly in the sphere of agriculture. They also expressed hope that economic ties will further continue to develop.