Cypriot president Dimitris Christofias led a delegation to Lebanon on the 9th Jan 2013 to discuss matters including cooperation in the natural gas field. President Michel Sleiman, who received his Cypriot counterpart Demetris Christofias at Baabda Presidential palace, said both sides have focused on oil and gas that are available in the sea and have agreed to coordinate efforts that would allow both Lebanon and Cyprus to benefit from this wealth. Observers and oil experts say Cyprus is keen to reach a quick agreement with Lebanon on the demarcation of the economic free zone in order to avoid any future conflict. Cyprus and Lebanon signed also two agreements in the defence sector.
‘Cyprus-Lebanon – Closer ties & Cooperation’ with this title the Cyprus – Lebanon business forum 10th January was held in Phoenicia hotel Beirut.
Cypriot delegation included a number of government officials and businessmen ,to name some:
Mr Phidias Pilides- President – (Cyprus Chamber of Commerce).
Mr Christodoulos Angastiniotis – Chairman (CIPA).
Mr Antonis Hajiroussos – President (Cyprus –Lebanon business assoc.).
Mr Garabed Jikerjian – Head (Cyprus trade center).
Mr Zacharias Manitaras – Officer (CCCI)
Mr. Antonis Haji Roussos – Consulco Commercial.
Mr. Christodoulos Angastiniotis – CIPA.
Mr. Ramzi Martin, CIC – CYNVESTCO
Mr. Loizos Constantinou – Cyprus State Fair Authority.
Mr. Elie G. Eid – International Human Rights Commission.
Mr. Yangos Hadjiyannis – The Cyprus Institute of Marketing.
Mrs. Eleni Hadjiyanni – Construction Ltd.
Mr. Marios Pashalides – Leptos Estate.
Mr. Kleovoulos Tofarides – TOFARCO.
Mr. Rami Chidiac – ISO.