Azerbaijan, Baku, 8 April /Trend, T.Hajiyev/
Azerbaijan is an important partner of NATO, the Ambassador of Romania to Azerbaijan Nikolai Ureki said to a meeting with students at the Azerbaijan University of Languages.
In connection with the 61st anniversary of NATO, the NATO Institute of Cooperation and embassies of the NATO member-states accredited in Azerbaijan have declared April "The Month of NATO in Azerbaijan". At the meeting held in the framework of this month, was demonstrated a documentary film about the mission of the organization called North Atlantic Alliance: NATO today and tomorrow."
"Due to the active participation in anti-terrorist operations, geo-strategic position and potential in addressing the energy security, Azerbaijan is a very important country for NATO," said Ureki.
NATO's cooperation with the South Caucasus states - Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia is mainly carried out within the Partnership for Peace Program, an Individual Partnership Action Plans and the Planning and Review Process. "These documents define the objectives and intentions of the partner countries to hold consultations with NATO on reforms in the spheres of defense, security and military policy.
In addition to supporting the reforms, an important goal of cooperation between NATO and Azerbaijan is to develop interaction of the country's Armed Forces with the forces of NATO countries in peacekeeping operations.
Since 1999, the Azerbaijani troops have being providing support to peacekeeping operations of NATO in Kosovo, and since 2002 - in Afghanistan.