Lebanon’s Energy and Water Ministe Nazarian speaks during an interview in Beirut

Lebanon’s Energy and Water Minister Arthur Nazarian speaks during an interview with Reuters in Beirut April 7, 2014. Lebanon expects to close its first licensing round for offshore gas exploration areas within about four months after overcoming a legislative hurdle by the end of April, Nazarian said on Monday. Early estimates suggest the eastern Mediterranean country has natural gas reserves that if proven could rank as the world’s 15th largest. To match Interview LEBANON-ENERGY/ REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON – Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS ENERGY) – RTR3KAZ2

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