Biden renews US support for Lebanon amid tribunal tensions

December 11, 2010 02:30

US Vice President Joe Biden on Friday told Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri that the US supports Lebanon in light of rising tensions in the Middle Eastern country over the UN tribunal probe into the 2005 assassination of Hariri's father, reported AFP.

Biden "spoke by phone today with... Hariri to discuss recent developments in Lebanon and the region," said a White House statement cited by AFP. The statement added that the vice president "reaffirmed the administration's commitment to Lebanon's sovereignty, independence, and stability."

Biden also emphasized "the commitment of the United States to supporting the development of strong and effective Lebanese state institutions," it added.

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