Baku, Azerbaijan, July 18
Azerbaijan is a strategic partner for Romania, said NATO resident coordinator and Romania’s ambassador to Azerbaijan Daniel Cristian Ciobanu.
Ciobanu made the remarks July 18 at the event on the occasion of his diplomatic mission’s completion in Baku.
The ambassador said the cooperation between Azerbaijan and Romania has strongly developed in all fields during his diplomatic term since November 2011.
“I want to express my warmest gratitude to Azerbaijani authorities for their permanent support during my mission,” said Ciobanu.
The diplomat noted that during these years, firstly, an expansion of political dialogue was achieved through joint visits.
Secondly, the cooperation at the level of the two countries’ Ministries of Foreign Affairs intensified and the first ever official visit of Romanian Prime Minister to Azerbaijan took place, he added.
Thirdly, the export of Romanian goods to Azerbaijan increased significantly over four years, and the figures of the last two years were the best in the history, said the diplomat.
Romania’s export to Azerbaijan increased by 4.3 times in 2015 compared to 2011, noted Ciobanu. During the first five months of 2016, the country’s export to Azerbaijan increased by 106.89 percent, compared to the same period of 2015.
Fourthly, Azerbaijan increased investments in Romania and Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR substantially expanded its presence on Romanian market, added the envoy.
Azerbaijan and Romania consolidated cooperation in the field of energy, he noted adding that the two countries also diversified bilateral relations in the cultural field.
Last, but not least, Romanian embassy successfully fulfilled the tasks of NATO coordinator in Azerbaijan, said the ambassador.