Good morning, and thank you very much.
Ladies and gentlemen, I must tell you that Warsaw – with your beautiful Old Town and rich history – is a city I have long wished to visit.
So, to join you as we mark this important agreement is a tremendous privilege. I must admit, however, I always imagined myself visiting Warsaw in June, not in January!
But I’m happy to say the winter weather is more than offset by the warmth of our reception. So, we thank you for your hospitality.
My long admiration for Poland – and the Polish people – is driven by this nation’s incredible resilience. Its history of reinvention. And this is important, because we in the oil and gas industry find ourselves at a point of transformation, where resilience and reinvention have never been more important.
At Aramco, we are re-imagining the future of Downstream, and the value it will bring, not only to our business, but to the world.
Our goal is to build a chemicals business that is a global leader, on-par with our position in oil. And our acquisition of a 70-percent stake in SABIC has been key, creating integrated solutions from crude oil supplies, refined products and chemicals, to lubricants and advanced non-metallic materials.