On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and Romania, an exchange of congratulatory letters took place between the Foreign Ministers of the two countries Elmar Mammadyarov and Theodor Melescanu.
On 19 June 2017, H. E. Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu and H.E. Foreign Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Elmar Mammadyarov, congratulated the other party on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Romania was the second country after Turkey, which recognized the independence of the Republic of Azerbaijan on 11 December 1991, the bilateral diplomatic relations being established on 19 June 1992.
An important stage in the Romanian-Azerbaijani relations was an adoption of the Declaration on the establishment of a strategic partnership between Azerbaijan and Romania in 2009. This, together with the Action Plan for its implementation, has become a solid foundation for sustainable development of bilateral cooperation at various levels.
Through its geostrategic position and natural resources, Azerbaijan can play an important role in strengthening Europe's energy security as well as in the East-West and North-South transport corridors. Romania supports the implementation of the Southern Gas Corridor project (already underway), which will contribute to the diversification of European natural gas supply sources. At the same time, Romania is interested in regional development, on the development of freight routes between Europe and Asia.
Between 2009 and 2016, the Romanian Embassy in Baku held 4 consecutive NATO Contact Points in the Azerbaijan Republic, contributing through its sustained work in this capacity to increasing the visibility of cooperation between the North Atlantic Alliance and Baku. At the same time, Romania supports the further development of EU-Azerbaijan relations, including the swift conclusion of a new, ambitious and comprehensive framework agreement to develop and deepen the provisions of the EU-Azerbaijan Partnership and Cooperation Agreement 1999.
All this creates strong premises for the further development of the political-diplomatic dialogue, on a governmental and parliamentary level, as well as for the Romanian-Azeri bilateral cooperation in all areas.