Ex-central bank official sees Gulf conflict profit

A former vice-governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon says that the imminent US-led war against Iraq might hold more than a negative impact on this country.

Speaking in a radio interview on state-owned Radio-Liban broadcast Monday, Meguerdich Bouldoukian said that contrary to what most people believed, unrest in the Gulf could be beneficial to Lebanon.

Bouldoukian predicted that in case of tension in the Gulf, Arab funds would pour into Lebanon, "which has attractive investment opportunities" a

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