“The fact that Armenia is not rich and has no natural resources, doesn’t mean that people should suffer because of that.” Ilham Aliyev

“Instead of presenting a flipped reality of Armenian life to French companies, Armenia’s president would have better concentrated on their terrible economic situation in the country, where more than half of population lives beyond the poverty line and without any prospects for the future” said Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev at the meeting with members of MEDEF (Movement of the Enterprises of France) International in Paris, March 14.

“Just a few days ago I was informed that Serj Sargsian gave a speech to MEDEF and discredited Azerbaijan with absolutely groundless facts, instead of putting effort to persuade investors on investing in Armenia. He also talked about innovations, stating that Armenia is a country of innovators and innovations. To put it simple, we were laughing on that in Azerbaijan, as soon as there is a famous saying: ‘If you are so clever, why are you so poor?'” said President Aliyev.

“Most of the developed countries in the world, including France, don’t have natural resources. But they develop their country because there is proper management, transparency, accountability, standards, education, knowledge, innovation,” said President Aliyev, adding. “Therefore, instead of telling fairy tales to French companies, the Armenian president would have better concentrated on their terrible economic situation in the country, where more than half of population lives beyond the poverty line and without any prospects for the future.”

Representatives of Azerbaijan also handed out several statistical numbers regarding the annual decreasing number of locals in Armenia. According to their information, figure indicated that 60,000 Armenians leave the country every year.

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