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Mr. Gowers declined to say exactly who Mr. Hayward would be meeting with in Abu Dhabi or where he was headed next.

“He may go somewhere else. But we’re not commenting on where he goes ahead of time,” he said.

Mr. Hayward arrived in Abu Dhabi from the capital of oil-rich Azerbaijan, where he tried to calm fears BP might sell assets there to help pay for the spill clean up. While in Baku, Mr. Hayward met with Azerbaijan President Ilkham Aliyev.

The BP CEO also met with Russian officials in Moscow last week. Following those meetings, an official at the company’s Russian joint venture TNK-BP said that firm would consider buying some of BP’s assets if they were put up for sale.