By Sara Rajabova
The Romanian embassy in Baku has hosted a meeting of a delegation led by Frank Boland, the director of planning at defense policy and planning division in NATO Headquarters.
The event held by Romanian embassy in its capacity of NATO contact point embassy to Azerbaijan on March 18 was attended by ambassadors and military attaches from embassies of NATO countries in Baku.
NATO delegation paid a visit to Baku for consultations with authorities of Azerbaijan on issues of joint interest.
Daniel Cristian Ciobanu, Romanian ambassador to Azerbaijan welcomed NATO delegation in Baku and highlighted the strategic value of the NATO-Azerbaijan partnership.
“From Romania’s point of view, there is a big potential for increased cooperation between Baku and North Atlantic Alliance,” he said.
Ciobanu underlined that Romania will continue to strongly support the development of NATO-Azerbaijan relations. He also mentioned that embassy will organize the international conference “In the aftermath of NATO Wales Summit – cooperation between North Atlantic Alliance and Partner Countries” in Baku on 19 March together with Institute for Human Rights and Conflictology of Azerbaijan’s Academy of Sciences.
Later, Boland presented latest developments in NATO-Azerbaijan cooperation in the framework of Partnership for Peace programme and Planning and Review Process.
Steffen Elgersma from Political Affairs and Security Division at NATO Headquarters informed about the main elements of the fourth cycle of Individual Partnership Action Plan between North Atlantic Alliance and Azerbaijan.
Despina Afentouli from Public Diplomacy Division at NATO Headquarters told about NATO’s plans in the field of public diplomacy with Azerbaijan.
Participants at the meeting exchanged views on perspectives of NATO-Azerbaijan cooperation.
Azerbaijan is a very important and highly valued partner of the North-Atlantic Alliance. Relations between NATO and Azerbaijan are successfully developing in the recent years. NATO and Azerbaijan actively cooperate on democratic, institutional and defense reforms, and have developed practical cooperation in many other areas.