The head of state also participated in the opening ceremony of the 25th Anniversary International Caspian Oil & Gas Exhibition. The ceremony was broadcast live at the Baku Expo Center where the exhibition was held.
President Ilham Aliyev made a speech at the event.
U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Energy Resources Sandra Oudkirk addressed the ceremony.
The UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Azerbaijan Baroness Emma Nicholson read out a message of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Theresa May.
Ambassador Erkan Ozoral read out Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan`s message.
Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, Secretary General of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum Yury Sentyurin and BP Chief Executive of Upstream Bernard Looney addressed the ceremony.
The event then featured the screening of a BP-produced video on Shah Deniz-2 and Southern Gas Corridor projects.
President Ilham Aliyev then inaugurated the Southern Gas Corridor.