Prime Minister Tammam Salam speaks at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Prime Minister Tammam Salam late Thursday brought together former premiers Saad Hariri and Najib Mikati in an ice-breaking meeting that underlined the need for national unity to shield Lebanon from the grave repercussions of regional turmoil.A statement issued by Salam's media office after the meeting, held at the premier's residence in Moseitbeh which included a dinner, did not say whether the leaders had discussed an electoral alliance in Tripoli's local elections planned later this month. Hariri and Mikati praised the government's initiative to hold municipal and mukhtar elections across Lebanon.Hariri has previously met with Mikati's allies in the northern city of Tripoli, MP Mohammad Safadi and former Minister Faisal Karami, in an attempt to forge an electoral alliance ahead of the municipal and mukhtar voting in North Lebanon and Akkar on May 29 .Earlier in the day, Hariri hailed the municipal elections as a victory for democracy.Hariri predicted a promising future for Lebanon.
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