Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.18 / Trend /
Oct. 18-20, the Azerbaijani Industry and Energy Minister Natig Aliyev will pay an official visit to Riyadh to attend the International Energy Forum, dedicated to the 50th anniversary of OPEC's establishment. The visit will take place upon Saudi Arabian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Al-Naimi's official invitation, Azerbaijani Industry and Energy Ministry said.
The anniversary events are expected to be attended by the OPEC member countries' oil and gas sector's ministers, leadership of the government agencies and companies, distinguished guests from the transnational energy companies.
The opening ceremony will be attended by Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and the Second Deputy Prime Minister Nayef bin Abdul Aziz.
Aliyev will address the forum and read out President Ilham Aliyev's congratulatory letter to forum members and Saudi Arabian King on the occasion of the OPEC's anniversary.
The forum includes Aliyev's bilateral meetings with the Saudi Arabian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, the manager of the State Oil Company ARAMCO and other officials. Also during his visit Aliyev will attend the presentation on the topic "Azerbaijan and Organization of Islamic Conference, Achievements and Prospects" held by the Azerbaijani Embassy in Saudi Arabia.
Earlier, the Azerbaijani Minister participated in the OPEC's meetings in December 2008 in Algiers and in Austria March 2009. Azerbaijan participates in the OPEC meeting as an observer.