A ceremony of presenting the orders “Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor” and “Heydar Aliyev” took place at the Elysee Palace on January 29.
Present at the ceremony were First ladies Mehriban Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Bernadette Chirac of France, as well as members of the Azerbaijan President’s delegation.
President Ilham Aliyev presented his French counterpart Jacques Chirac a carpet with his portrait on it. The two leaders were photographed against the background of the carpet.
President Chirac gave a present to his Azerbaijan counterpart.
President Chirac conferred the order “Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor” upon President Ilham Aliyev.
“This is your first state visit to our country, and it is my great pleasure to confer the France’s highest award Legion of Honor’s highest class order “Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor” upon you,” Chirac said.
President Ilham Aliyev conferred the order “Heydar Aliyev” upon President Chirac. “This Order is presented in very rare cases. This is the third Order ever conferred, and I am about to present it to you. This is the Azerbaijan’s highest award, and it bears the name of your good friend Heydar Aliyev,” the Azerbaijan leader said.
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