Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi was due to arrive late last evening in an official visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan, at the invitation of his counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov, reads a communiqué sent by Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE). The visit confirms the upward evolution of bilateral relations and Romania’s interest in developing the two countries’ strategic partnership ever since 2009, MAE says. Apart from talks with the Azeri Foreign Minister, the visit agenda includes meetings with President Ilham Aliyev, Prime Minister Artur Rasizade, Parliament Speaker Ogtay Assadov and Minister of Industry and Energy Natig Aliyev. The visit will focus on analyzing ways of implementing the two countries’ strategic partnership as well as perspectives of intensifying bilateral cooperation, with an emphasis on energy issues. The Republic of Azerbaijan is a key partner when it comes to diversifying EU’s sources of energy and in materializing the Nabucco project, which still remains among Romania’s top priorities. The agenda will also include the analysis of regional developments and of the perspectives of deepening Azerbaijan’s relations with the EU and NATO, domains in which Romania has the possibility of sharing its experience. The Foreign Minister will reaffirm Romania’s active support in having the Republic of Azerbaijan closer to European structures and will confirm the role that Romania could play in Azerbaijan’s relations with the EU.