Romanian National Culture Day celebrated in Azerbaijan
On January 15, 2015 in Azerbaijan was celebrated Romanian National Culture Day (the day when National Poet of Romania Mihai Eminescu was born 165 years ago).
A flower-laying festivity took place (starting at 11.00 a.m.) at the monument of Romanian composer George Enescu in Baku followed by a ceremony celebrating the issuing of the joint stamp edition Romania-Azerbaijan on the topic of Traditional Folk Art (dedicated to the valuable crafts of pottery and tapestry characteristic to both countries) and a poetry moment, during which poems of Romanian National Poet Mihai Eminescu were read.
Ambassador of Romania, representatives of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ministry of Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan, city authorities, Azermarka company, culture figures, journalists, members of Romanian community in Azerbaijan and a large public took part in the event.
Ambassador Ciobanu highlighted that Azerbaijan is a strategic partner for Romania.Romania was the second country to recognize independence of Azerbaijan back in 1991 and since then bilateral political dialogue and economic cooperation have become increasingly strong and significant. The diplomat also noted that Romania is a strong supporter of further development of relations between Azerbaijan and NATO and European Union, underlying that Embassy of Romania is currently fulfilling its fourth mandate as NATO Contact Point Embassy in Azerbaijan, to last until the end of 2016. Ambassador pointed out that Romanian culture is very appreciated in Azerbaijan. According to Ambassador, Eminescu is the poet who best described Romanian soul, as well as Romanian's beautiful nature, traditions and history. In the same time the joint stamp edition on the theme of Traditional Folk Art creates a metaphoric arch over time, symbolically uniting Romanian and Azerbaijani people in the spirit of friendship and mutual respect, which is a characteristic of relations between Bucharest and Baku today.