US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson picked up an industry award at the World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul, where he told delegates that he often missed his former life as an oilman.
The Former ExxonMobil boss received the Dewhurst Award for his contribution to the oil and gas industry and told the conference that his expected retirement to spend fishing in the mountains had taken a dramatic turn since he was appointed the United States’ top diplomat.
“It did not quite work out that way,” he said.
“I miss you as colleagues. I miss you as partners. I miss you as competitors. I miss the healthy debates. The collaboration. The breakthroughs that were achieved.”
Tillerson, who headed up Exxon Mobil for 10-years, said the energy business required massive long term investment, risk taking and risk management.
Speakers at the event are expected to include Qatar’s Energy Minister Mohammed bin Saleh al-Sada, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and Saudi Aramco chief executive Amin Nasser.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due to give a keynote address on Monday. The event runs until Thursday.