Romania sees Azerbaijan as important and highly valued partner of NATO – Ambassador

Baku: Romania, which has been the second country in the world to recognize Azerbaijan’s independence, considers that Azerbaijan is a very important and highly valued partner of the North-Atlantic alliance.

Romanian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Daniel Cristian Ciobanu made the remarks on March 19 during the conference entitled “NATO-Azerbaijan relations: perspectives for cooperation in the aftermath of NATO 2014 Wales summit” in Baku.

He said relations between NATO and Azerbaijan are developing strongly and they have strategic value.

“The political dialogue covers a wide range of issues. NATO and Azerbaijan actively cooperate on democratic, institutional and defense reforms, and have developed practical cooperation in many other areas,” the ambassador noted.

Ciobanu said NATO is assisting Azerbaijan with training and modernization of its armed forces, noting that Azerbaijan’s participation in the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan represents a proof of practical cooperation with NATO and serious commitment of the Government of Azerbaijan toward security in the region.

The ambassador also recalled that from 1999 to 2008, troops from Azerbaijan were part of the NATO-led operation in Kosovo (KFOR).

“Romania considers that the fourth cycle of Individual Partnership Action plan opens large opportunities for further development of relations between NATO and Azerbaijan. Close cooperation of Azerbaijan with the Alliance is beneficial to the stability and security of the Wider Black Sea – Caspian Sea area, encouraging also fast development of energy projects and joint initiatives among countries sharing similar tasks and objectives, As a NATO and EU member, Romania is determined to further promote and actively support Azerbaijan’s efforts to enhance its relations with the European and Euro-Atlantic institutions,” the ambassador completed.