"Dialogue Forum"25 years of Diplomatic Relations
On May 8, 1992, Italy and Azerbaijan signed a protocol establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries. The event marked the inception of a bilateral relationship which, twenty-five years later, has firmly established itself as a solid reference point for both countries’ foreign policy. Italy, which over last years has consistently turned into Azerbaijan’s first trade partner, undoubtedly stands as one of Baku’s key interlocutors on the European and Atlantic chessboards. Conversely, Azerbaijan represents one of the most important Italian partners in the Eastern European neighbourhood and a key partner in several crucial areas,starting with energy supplies. In this perspective, the Southern Gas Corridor project stands, on the one hand, as a concrete proof of the increasing interdependence between the two partners and, on the other hand, as a building block to further enhance the bilateral relationship and elevate its strategic significance,to be further enhanced with ever increasing trade,investments and logistical interconnections,as well as an intensified political and cultural dialogue.
In the framework of the 25 years anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Italy and Azerbaijan, the Embassy of Italy in Azerbaijan, in collaboration with the Azerbaycan Italiya Assosiasiyasi and ADA University, promotes a bilateral Dialogue Forum aimed at bringing together the excellence of the Italian-Azerbaijani bilateral cooperation, in areas ranging from the political partnership to trade, industrial cooperation as well as the longstanding cultural bonds that unite the two countries. The event offers an opportunity for an enlarged exchange of view among diplomatic, cultural and economic stakeholders. As such, the Forum`s key goal is to provide participants with a comprehensive view on the current state of the Italian-Azerbaijani bilateral relationship and highlight its scope for improvement.