President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of Romania
Klaus Iohannis have made press statements.
The President of Azerbaijan made the statement first.
Statement by President Ilham Aliyev
- Dear Mr. President.
Ladies and gentlemen.
First of all, Mr. President, I would like to sincerely welcome
you to Azerbaijan. Welcome to Azerbaijan! We met in Bucharest last
month and I am glad that a month later you are paying an official
visit to Azerbaijan. This shows that the high-level political
dialogue between our countries is very active and the issues being
discussed meet the interests of both countries.
Romania and Azerbaijan have been developing their relations on
the basis of strategic partnership for many years. Two documents on
strategic partnership have been signed. The issues we have
discussed and resolved today are indeed of strategic importance.
Our political relations are at a very high level, and mutual visits
show this once again.
At the same time, there are results in commercial and economic
fields. Although the trade turnover has more than doubled, it is
still not at the desired level because much of our turnover is made
up of crude oil exported from Azerbaijan to Romania. We will take
further steps to diversify our trade, and I hope that the activity
of the intergovernmental commission will pursue this goal. The
commission met in Baku last year, and will meet again in Bucharest
this year. Thus, there can be good results in the commercial and
Energy, of course, is not only the issue of Romanian-Azerbaijani
relations, but one at the center of the global agenda as a whole.
For many years, the Azerbaijani oil company SOCAR has been
operating in Romania, with more than 70 gas stations and several
fuel depots. That is, SOCAR's activity in Romania already has a
very good history.
Now our cooperation is entering a new stage. While I was in
Bucharest, an agreement was signed on the delivery of natural gas
to Romania. Thus, Azerbaijani gas will reach a new destination in
Europe. In parallel, using Romanian facilities, Azerbaijani gas
will be transported to other European countries.
Two years ago, we successfully implemented the TAP project, the
last segment of the Southern Gas Corridor, and became a reliable
energy partner for the European Union. This is acknowledged by the
leaders of the European Union. The Strategic Partnership Memorandum
on natural gas signed between the European Union and Azerbaijan in
Baku last year shows this again. We are rapidly increasing our gas
exports, primarily to Europe.
Our distinguished guest will participate in the opening ceremony
of the Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council meeting to be held in
Azerbaijan tomorrow. The participation of President Iohannis in the
opening demonstrates the great importance of this event. Of course,
our main event in Bucharest was about green energy. A very
important step has been taken in this direction, and the first
Advisory Council meeting on green energy will be held tomorrow.
This is a very strategic project, a project that requires huge
investments, a project that connects several countries, two seas.
Of course, we hope that tomorrow's first steering committee meeting
will also offer a roadmap for future joint activities.
In short, based on a very important strategic partnership
platform, we have taken a very important step towards modernity,
towards development, towards energy security. At the same time,
other areas can be prioritized, including the transport sector.
There are very good opportunities for deepening the cooperation
between the ports of Baku and Constanta. I am sure that both gas
and green energy corridors will lead to great results, including
those in the field of transport.
Dear Mr. President, I once again sincerely welcome you to
Azerbaijan. You are welcome!
Then, the President of Romania made the statement.
Statement by President Klaus Iohannis
- Mr. President, thank you.
I am very honored to be here today. This is my first official
visit to your country. The South Caucasus region is of great
importance for both Romania and the European Union. I am thankful
to Mr. President Aliyev for the invitation and hospitality.
Azerbaijan is the first country in the South Caucasus region
with which Romania raised its cooperation to the level of strategic
partnership. This happened in 2009. In addition, our country is the
first member of the European Union to sign such a document on
strategic partnership with Azerbaijan.
Today, we held important political consultations with President
Ilham Aliyev. Tomorrow, together with Mr. President, I will
participate in the 9th Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council
Romania and Azerbaijan have had good diplomatic and political
relations for 30 years. In 2022, a very strong impetus was given to
this and Mr. President visited Bucharest. During that visit, on
December 17, we signed the Agreement on a strategic partnership in
the field of green energy development and transmission between the
governments of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Romania and Hungary.
We in Romania are ready to deepen the strategic partnership
between our countries and implement regional projects of strategic
importance. We are ready to cooperate in the fields of energy,
trade, investment, digitization and agriculture.
I thank Mr. President for the fact that Azerbaijan has started
transporting additional gas volumes to Romania in January.
Tomorrow, the state oil companies of both countries, 'Romgaz' and
SOCAR, will sign a new agreement. According to that agreement,
additional gas will be transported to our country in 2023-2024.
Both the Southern Gas Corridor, as well as the future submarine
transportation cable of electric energy produced in Azerbaijan from
renewable resources, projects which are sustained by the European
Commission will significantly contribute to ensuring the energy
security in the European Union. We discussed these issues with
President Aliyev today.
Digitization projects are also of interest to us. Romania and
Azerbaijan intend to develop this cooperation and strategic
initiatives in the direction of Europe, the South Caucasus and
Central Asia. We discussed this with Mr. President in
Mr. President, Romania is a sincere and true friend of
Azerbaijan. Romania's position has always been clear. We have
always supported the territorial integrity and sovereignty of
One of the last issues we discussed with Mr. Aliyev was Russia's
aggression against Ukraine and the situation in the Black Sea
region. We emphasized the importance of solidarity in such a
complex situation and highly appreciated Azerbaijan's position on
these issues. Thus, regional cooperation, diversification of
sources and routes are based on the basic principle of projects
like the Southern Gas Corridor. We are sure that Azerbaijan, as a
reliable partner, will advance such projects in the future.
President Ilham Aliyev: Thank you very