The resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, and the strengthening of bilateral relations, were the main themes in discussions that the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev had on Tuesday evening (14 March) with the President of France, Francois Hollande during a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris. President Aliyev is currently on an official visit to France. Earlier he met with several leading French buisnessmen and industrialists, as well as the leaders of the two houses of the French Parliament.
This evening the Azerbaijani president was the guest of honour at a dinner at the Elysee Palace hosted by President Hollande.
photo: President Hollande welcomoing president Aliyev at the Elysee Palace on tuesday, 14 March 2017 (picture courtesy of the press service of the French President)
On Tuesday, PACE approved a resolution that will allow the Russian delegation to take part in the Assembly's June session. The resolution was backed by 118 members, 62 parliamentarians voted against it, while 10 abstained.
In the Karabakh peace process there has been a reluctance by track 1 participants to engage properly with track II initiatives. The EU supported EPNK process has shown that unconventional diplomacy has much to contribute, and its energy must now be put to good use.