On 5-7 March, 2011 a delegation headed by Prof. Bulent Aras paid a visit to Azerbaijan at the invitation of the Azerbaijani Strategic Research Center. The delegation met with various formal and non-governmental institutions of Azerbaijan. During the trip the delegation visited people whose territories were occupied and who had suffered war losses. A MoU was signed between the two centers. The visit was followed closely by the press and presented as a manifestation of the development of relations between the two countries.