Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora speaks during a Future Movement-organized conference tackling the development of Tripoli on Saturday, June 14, 2014. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
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"Tripoli needs to show that it is a friendly and moderate city" said Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, arguing that a moderate character will create an environment that is open to investment and that can attract support and attention from Arab states.Siniora condemned attempts to distort Tripoli's image and efforts to distance the northern city from the framework of the state.Siniora vowed that former Prime Minister Saad Hariri will finance the reconstruction of Syria road, which separates the warring Tripoli neighborhoods of Jabal Mohsen, a predominantly Alawite area that supports Syrian President Bashar Assad, and mainly Sunni Bab al-Tabbaneh, which backs the Syrian uprising. While speaking at the event Siniora also touched on the ongoing presidential vaacum, urging the March 8 alliance to come forth with their candidate for the presidential election after the March 14 announced Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea as their candidate.Siniora highlighted that the Future bloc was looking to keep the Parliament fully- functional and productive, adding that Cabinet should be able to operate and manage the country in light of the looming dangers -- a result of the presidential void and deteriorating security situation in the region.
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