US urges restraint by Gulf nations in Bahrain

By REUTERS
March 14, 2011 19:29

WASHINGTON - The United States urged Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries on Monday to show restraint as Saudi troops moved into Bahrain after weeks of protests against the Sunni royal family that controls the key US ally.

Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia on Monday sent about 1,000 troops into Bahrain, a tiny nation linked to Saudi Arabia by a causeway, to protect government facilities after mainly Shi'ite protesters overran police and blocked roads.

"We urge our GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) partners to show restraint and respect the rights of the people of Bahrain, and to act in a way that supports dialogue instead of undermining it," White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said.

Vietor did not say whether the United States supported the move but confirmed Washington was aware of the Saudi deployment and that other Gulf countries were considering similar actions to support Bahrain's ruling al-Khalifa family.


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