Biden Reaffirms to Hariri U.S. Commitment to Lebanese Sovereignty

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has assured Prime Minister Saad Hariri of U.S. support as a U.N. tribunal probes the 2005 assassination of his father stoking tensions in Lebanon.

Biden "spoke by phone today (Friday) with... Hariri to discuss recent developments in Lebanon and the region," the White House said in a statement, adding the vice president "reaffirmed the administration’s commitment to Lebanon’s sovereignty, independence, and stability."

The vice president also underscored "the commitment of the United States to supporting the development of strong and effective Lebanese state institutions," it added.

Hariri is faced with a difficult choice over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, whose pursuit of his father's assassins could wreak havoc on his country.

The U.N. tribunal has said it will issue indictments "very soon."(AFP)