French Presidential Envoy Jean-Francois Girault, left, and French Ambassador to Lebanon Patrice Paoli arrive at the Foreign Ministry in Beirut, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Future Movement and Hezbollah welcomed Tuesday practical measures to defuse sectarian tensions in the country by removing political slogans and posters belonging to them from the streets of Beirut and other areas.The two rival influential parties also rejected the heavy celebratory gunfire that rattled parts of Beirut and the southern suburbs last week before, during and after Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah's speech and also on all occasions. The speech drew fire from Future and March 14 politicians who warned that Nasrallah's remarks jeopardized U.N. Resolution 1701, which ended the 34-day Israel-Hezbollah war in 2006 .It added that the celebratory gunfire contradicted the goal of the ongoing dialogue between Hezbollah and the Future Movement to reduce sectarian tensions.French presidential envoy Jean-Francois Girault held a new round of talks with Lebanese leaders on the 8-month-old presidential crisis.It said Girault reviewed with Salam the situation in Lebanon and the region.
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