Report: Assad tells Saudi king UN tribunal must be closed

Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad told Saudi King Abdullah during their meeting in Damascus Friday that the UN tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri must be closed to protect Lebanon's stability, AFP cited from a report in Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar on Saturday.
Assad made clear to Abdullah - a key supporter of the faction of Sa'ad Hariri, son of the former premier and current prime minister - that Syria would find any attempt to hold Hizbullah accountable for the elder Hariri's death as unacceptable.
Hizbullah's chief and spiritual leader spoke earlier this month to tell supporters that he had been informed by Sa'ad Hariri that the UN tribunal was likely to publicly implicate Hizbullah members in his father's murder.