Hezbollah members remove a banner in Sidon, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Political slogans and party banners were removed from Beirut, Sidon and Tripoli Thursday, a step the rival the Future Movement and Hezbollah agreed to during dialogue sessions in a bid to defuse sectarian tensions.Operating upon the orders of the Interior Ministry, Beirut Governor Ziad Chebib and party officials supervised the campaign to clear the city of all political signs and posters advertising politicians. Similarly, North Lebanon Governor Ramzi Nohra watched the removal of all political banners from Lebanon's second city.Tearing down political banners, signs and posters of leaders was one of the outcomes of ongoing talks between Hezbollah and the Future Movement.Girault said it was important for all political factions to be responsible, adding that France's efforts respected Lebanon's sovereignty. Girault said that his country neither backed nor vetoed any presidential candidate. In his second visit to Lebanon in two months, Girault held talks with Speaker Nabih Berri, Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and several Lebanese leaders.
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