BEIRUT - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman in Lebanon Friday during a short visit to show support for that country’s Western-backed government ahead of parliamentary elections.
Biden told reporters after the meeting he had not come to “back any party” and urged Lebanese to choose peace.
Biden was also scheduled to make an announcement with Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Murr about U.S. assistance to the Lebanese army.
The trip comes as Lebanon prepares for the June 7 election, which could provide a boost to the Shi’ite group Hezbollah.
Ahead of Biden’s visit, Hezbollah accused the U.S. vice president of trying to meddle in Lebanon’s internal affairs in favor of pro-Western factions. The White House says Biden is reinforcing U.S. support for an independent and sovereign Lebanon.
The United States considers Hezbollah a terrorist organization and has been a strong supporter of the current government headed by Mr. Suleiman.
Source: VOA News