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Entry of Saudi troops in Bahrain not invasion: US

The US has asked the Gulf countries to respect the rights of the people of Bahrain after 1,000 Saudi soldiers entered into the violence-hit nation.



Washington: The US has asked the Gulf
countries to respect the rights of the people of Bahrain after 1,000 Saudi soldiers entered into the violence-hit nation.

Washington, however, said the entry of foreign troops
was "not an invasion".

"This is not an invasion of a country," White House
Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters.

Noting that the US is aware of reports about Saudi
forces going to Bahrain, Carney urged all its partners in the
region to show restraint and to respect the rights of the
people of Bahrain, and to act in a way that supports dialogue
instead of undermining it.

"The important factor here is that our overall
principles apply to Bahrain and all the countries in the
region, which is that we urge restraint," he said.

"We urge nonviolence in response to nonviolent
protesters; the respect for the universal rights of people in
the region to gather peacefully, to voice their opinions, to
have their grievances heard by their governments, and to have
greater participation in the political process," Carney said.

"We have long believed and the President has expressed
for a long time now that stability in the region will be
brought about by dialogue and political reform. It is
counterproductive to that goal to in any way repress the expression of those desires that the people of Bahrain, in this case, and other countries, have," he said.
"We are calling on the Saudis, the other members of
the GCC countries, as well as the Bahraini government, to show
restraint; and that we believe that political dialogue is the
way to address the unrest that has occurred in the region, in
Bahrain and in other countries, and not to in any way suppress
it," he said in response to a question.

US President Barack Obama had said in his speech in
Cairo that the unrest in the region is a result of the lack of
dialogue and the lack of engagement with the peoples in the
region in their governments and in the political process, he
said.
"We have called on the Bahraini government to -- as we
have others in the region -- to have a dialogue with their
people, to listen to their grievances, to adopt political
reforms, to respect the universal rights of their people.

I think, broadly speaking, in the countries of the
region, the leaders in the region will be judged by how they
deal with this process. We think it`s important for the future
of the region, for the peoples in these countries, that their
voices be heard and their legitimate aspirations be
addressed," Carney said.

PTI

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