Attendants pose for a group photo during a conference dedicated to supporting the Lebanese Army in Rome, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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The international conference in Rome should be the starting point of a long-term, structured process to back stability in Lebanon through its military, Italian Foreign Affairs Minister Federica Mogherini said Tuesday.During the conference, Lebanon's Foreign Affairs Minister Gebran Bassil said the conference, which is merely aimed at providing political support for the military, should be accompanied by concrete action to improve the Army.Mogherini also spoke about the presidential vacuum in Lebanon after lawmakers failed to elect a new president on May 25, the end of Michel Sleiman's term.Lebanon's Defense Minister Samir Moqbel then outlined military requirements to improve the capabilities of the Lebanese Army including a modern and secure information and communication system, a large panel of intelligence collection and means to counter land, sea or air incursions.
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