Bilateral relations

Cultural relations

Cultural and scientific relations are a real bridge connecting nations, this important role being also noticed when speaking about Romanian-Azerbaijani relations. History shows us that in the first years of the XVIII-th century, during the visit of the tsar Peter I to the lands around the Caspian Sea, the Romanian prince Dimitrie Cantemir, who accompanied him (a prince better known today as a writer, historian, philosopher, linguist and encyclopaedist), wrote the first document in the Azerbaijani language (Tartar) – The address of the tsar to the local population.

Today, the Romanian-Azerbaijani cultural relations are well structured, both at the macro level and at the grass roots, with direct connections between institutions in the field of culture or mass media, being developed based on a set of bilateral agreements, understandings and protocols. To mention several of them, it is important to refer to:

  • Memorandum of Cooperation between the Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs of Romania and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan, in the Field of Culture, signed in Baku, on October 11th, 2006.
  • Agreement of Collaboration between the Ministry of Education of Romania and the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan, signed in Bucharest, on October 11th, 2004.
  • Protocol of Collaboration between the Romanian Television – TVR and the National Television of the Republic of Azerbaijan, signed in Bucharest, on October 11th, 2004.
  • Agreement between the Government of Romania and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Collaboration in the Fields of Science, Education, Culture and Sports, signed in Bucharest, on July 2nd, 1995.

Since 1999, the „Azerbaijan-Romania Friendship Association” operates in Baku, supported by the Embassy, with a contribution to strengthening the friendship and collaboration relations between Romania and Azerbaijan. The Association was mainly remarked through its activity in the cultural field, organising a series of activities, such as: book launching, cultural evenings, supporting the organisation of photo-exhibitions and Romanian Film Festivals.

Few can forget the inauguration, in Baku, in 2006, of the monument designated to the Romanian composer George Enescu. 
Farida Hagieva made a remarkable translation in Azerbaijani language of the poems written by Mihai Eminescu, and with the support of the Diplomatic Academy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, a part of the works of the distinguished Romanian diplomat Nicolae Titulescu was published. 
The series of translations of several Romanian authors in the Azerbaijani language includes „The Illusion of Power”, written by Ioan Pop de Popa, a collection of translations with works of several Romanian authors, published under the title „The First Letter” or the book of the Romanian journalist Minodor Mitrica „Revival of Azerbaijan”.

In parallel, translations of several works in Azerbaijani language were published in the Romanian language: „Time and Space”, a volume o poems and poetry by Bahtiar Vahabzade, „Adventures at the Post Office”, by Elcin Efendiyev, the gazels of the classical Azerbaijani poet Muhammad Fuzuli, the epic work „Dede Korlud”, the works of Anar, Chingiz Abdullaev, the monograph of Qasimli Musa and a translation in Romanian language of the Koran. In 2010, the memory book „Romania, an Island of Latinity in a Slavic Sea” written by Ambassador Eldar Hasanov was simultaneously launched in Azerbaijani and Romanian languages.

Among these cultural activities we can also include the translation, with the support of the linguists of both countries, of the Azerbaijani-Romanian and Romanian-Azerbaijani dictionaries, thus simplifying the efforts of those interested to know into details and directly study at their sources, the documents and works of art. To meet such needs, demarches have also been done and an Agreement of Cooperation between the National Archives of Romania and the State Archives of the Republic of Azerbaijan was signed in Bucharest, on October 11th, 2004.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its Division for Cultural, Educational and Scientific Relations, collaborates with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports of Romania to facilitate the educational exchanges and to ensure conditions for foreign citizens to study in Romania. In this respect, scholarships are granted to attend state faculties at the main university centres of Romania, both for high school graduates and for graduates of higher education, interested to continue their studies with master and PhD degrees. For the 2010-2011 university year, two new scholarships were granted. 
Those interested in getting such a scholarship, should access the following link: http://www.mae.ro/en/node/2176 for more details.

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