@youhannazn | Reuters Home Latest News Lebanon News On Thursday, the United States Undersecretary for Political Affairs David Hale arrived in Beirut for a short visit. He toured neighborhoods destroyed by the blast and saw the damage it caused. During his visit to areas in Beirut affected by last week’s explosion, Hale stated that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will join the probe into the Beirut Port explosion. #Beirut, #LebanonDavid Hale, U.S. Undersecretary for Political Affairs, gives a thumbs up to protesters chanting:"They're criminals! Don't bail them out! Don't give them a lifeline!"They are referring to corrupt Lebanese officials linked to #Iran & Hezbollah. pic.twitter.com/7u5lNDlGhR— Heshmat Alavi (@HeshmatAlavi) August 13, 2020 Despite President Aoun’s previous strong refusal of an international probe into the blast, Hale announced that the FBI will join at the invitation of Lebanese authorities. The U.S. Embassy in Lebanon wasn’t immediately available for comment. In his visit, Hale reiterated the United State’s support to help Lebanon recover from the tragedy. “I’m with you, I stand with you, my government does, and the American people do.”– David Hale Under Secretary David Hale meeting NGOs reps and citizen volunteers, including some of our alumni, taking action on the ground in #Beirut following the horrific August 4 explosion #InThisTogether pic.twitter.com/YrG9nczwbE— U.S. Embassy Beirut (@usembassybeirut) August 13, 2020 David Hale is set to travel out of Lebanon on August 15th, three days before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon announces its verdict about Hariri’s murder.