NATO-Azerbaijan partnership enjoy bright future

By: Sara Rajabova

Romanian Embassy hosted a workshop on NATO-Azerbaijan relations on 2 June.

The event was organized within the Romanian diplomatic mission’s mandate as NATO Contact Point Embassy in Azerbaijan, Romanian embassy said.

A large public, consisting mainly of representatives of young generation participated at the workshop.

Daniel Cristian Ciobanu, Romanian ambassador to Azerbaijan underlined that NATO, which is one of the world’s major international institutions, is adapting to a changed security environment.

Noting that new security challenges require a cooperative approach, he said North Atlantic Alliance and Azerbaijan established a strong and successful partnership.

He also added that Romania is ready to help develop further Azerbaijan’s dialogue and cooperation with NATO.

Ciobanu evoked the role of Romania’s embassy in Baku in disseminating information regarding NATO values and policies in Azerbaijan, adding that Romanian diplomatic mission will continue to organize public diplomacy events in order to confer more visibility to NATO-Azerbaijan cooperation.

He concluded that NATO-Azerbaijan partnership has a very bright and promising future.

Jiri Preclik, Political Officer within NATO Liaison Office for South Caucasus, had an in-depth presentation about NATO and its priorities.

During the workshop the participants approached aspects of joint interest regarding NATO-Azerbaijan relationship.

NATO and Azerbaijan are actively cooperating on democratic, institutional, and military reforms, and enjoy practical cooperation in various areas. The cooperation plan between Azerbaijan and the NATO is set out in the Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) on Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan aspires to achieve Euro-Atlantic standards and get closer to Euro-Atlantic institutions. In this regard, supporting reform in the security sector and establishing democratic institutions are the key elements of the NATO-Azerbaijan cooperation.