Azerbaijan- UK co-op in energy sector in focus

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev received the Chief Executive Officer of BP, Robert Dudley, on June 3, AzerTag state news agency reported.

During the meeting the sides noted with satisfaction the many years of successful cooperation between Azerbaijan and BP.

The parties emphasized the importance of the fact that a large number of countries and companies from all over the world were participating in the 21st International Exhibition and Conference "Caspian Oil and Gas: Refining and Petrochemicals", and expressed their confidence that the event would contribute to the further expansion of Azerbaijan's international cooperation in the energy sector.

The sides also exchanged views on the current state and prospects of cooperation between Azerbaijan and BP.

Later, President Aliyev received a delegation led by a member of the British Parliament and Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, Charles Hendry.

Expressing his gratitude for the letter from British Prime Minister David Cameron on the occasion of the 21st International Exhibition and, President Aliyev noted the importance of the fact that the letter dwells upon cooperation between the two countries in many spheres, the energy sector in particular.

Stressing that Azerbaijan and the UK have developed a strong partnership in the economic sphere, the President said that energy cooperation had enjoyed many years of success.

Touching upon the development of cooperation in the non-energy sector, President Aliyev pointed to the presence of good opportunities for the strengthening of relations in the fields of information and communication technologies, education, etc.

The head of state also emphasized that economic cooperation between the two countries was also on the agenda during a recent meeting with the British parliamentary delegation.

Hendry, in turn, thanked the President for the words about the UK, in particular about BP, spoken at the opening ceremony of the Conference and noted that his country was interested in expanding cooperation with Azerbaijan in many areas.