02 July 2009 [10:39]

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today received French
ambassadors accredited in CIS countries.

President Ilham Aliyev said Azerbaijan-France relations are
successfully developing. According to Azerbaijani leader, the good
relationship between the two countries in the economic, energy fields
as well as high-level political ties are the major factors for regional
development. Azerbaijan is an attractive country for France to make
investments in, the President underlined.

The Head of State noted Azerbaijan achieved huge accomplishments in
terms of economic development. He pointed out Azerbaijan does not
rely on foreign aid unlike some former Soviet republics.

Azerbaijani Leader said Azerbaijan has become gas exporter for the
past two years.

On the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Head of State noted joint efforts
of France, as OSCE co-chair, and international community will result
in resolution of the problem.

President Ilham Aliyev went on to say that peace will be established
in the region after occupied territories are liberated from aggressive

"Aggressive policy left Armenia isolated from regional development,
transportation routes and energy cooperation," he said.

"Some attempts to solve some regional problems proved to be
unsuccessful without resolution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The
reality lies in taking into consideration Azerbaijan`s stance
and opinion. Regional development is useless without Azerbaijan`s
involvement. Of course, we never support any attempts to solve some
regional problems without finding a solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh
conflict. These attempts have no future without our support", President
of Azerbaijan said.

Representative of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Eric Miller
said Azerbaijan and France have well-developed relations. He hailed
President Ilham Aliyev`s contribution to achieving this level of
development of bilateral ties.

"Azerbaijan is an important partner of France," said Eric Miller.

President Ilham Aliyev added national leader Heydar Aliyev made
his first visit to France. France was also the first country to
visit by President Ilham Aliyev in 2003. Azerbaijani leader noted
Azerbaijan is persistent in strengthening partnership relations with
the European Union.

Following the meeting, French ambassadors had their photo taken with
President Ilham Aliyev.