US President George W. Bush spoke from Air Force 1 on Monday with Saad Hariri, leader of the majority party in Lebanon's parliament, partly about the Lebanese Army's showdown with Palestinian militants.
National security adviser Stephen Hadley said Hariri requested the conversation and expressed his appreciation for US support in arranging an international tribunal to prosecute suspects in the assassination of Hariri's father, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
The United States and allied Arab countries have airlifted ammunition and supplies to help the Lebanese army in its showdown with the Fatah Islam group in a Palestinian refugee camp near Tripoli in northern Lebanon.
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