Official visit of the President of Azerbaijan Republic Heydar Aliyev to Romania (July1-2, 1995)

The relations between Azerbaijan and Romania which are based on friendship and strategic partnership are rapidly developing. Romania is one of the first states which recognized the independence of Azerbaijan. Mutual visits of the presidents, developing economic relations, negotiations and the considered practical steps strengthen this cooperation. Principle position of Romania, especially concerning the existing conflicts in the region is highly appreciated in Azerbaijan.

The official visit of the Azerbaijani President Heydar Aliyev to Romania started on the 1st of July. On that day a meeting was held between the presidents. Bilateral relations, cooperation within the framework of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, Armenian-Azerbaijani, and Mountainous Karabakh conflict were discussed at the meeting.

After the meeting a ceremony of the signature of the Romanian-Azerbaijani documents was held. The agreements were signed in the field of science which could lay a foundation for the future cooperation in the sphere of education, culture and sport, as well as the sphere of economic and scientific-technical cooperation. From this viewpoint, declaration signed by the presidents on friendship and cooperation between Romania and Azerbaijan has a special importance.

On the 1st of July on behalf of the President of Romania Ion Iliescu an official reception was held in the honor of Heydar Aliyev. President Heydar Aliyev made a speech at the reception and talked about the history of the Romanian-Azerbaijani relations, importance of the relations between the countries, Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, and the essence of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict which Azerbaijan is facing.

On the 2nd of July a joint press conference of the Azerbaijani and Romanian President was held. In the press conference Heydar Aliyev characterized the Azerbaijani and Romanian relations like this: «Romania is an European country, and it has centuries-old history and beautiful traditions. However, in the recent years there are political changes in Romania. All these changes cause our interest. That`s why, it is important for Azerbaijan to build close relations with Romania for the further cooperation in future. Azerbaijan has gained its independence three and half years ago. It is situated in the intersection of Europe and Asia, and is eager to build close relations with Europe. It can be a good partner for Romania because of its geographic location and other factors. Our high level meeting especially is based on it.»

The official visit of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev to Romania created grounds for the dynamic development of the relations with this country in future.