White House chides Yemen, Bahrain governments for violence

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 3:30 PM
White House chides Yemen, Bahrain governments for violence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House chided U.S. allies Yemen and Bahrain on Sunday for violence used against protesters in those countries and urged both to exercise restraint.

"We urge the governments of these countries to show restraint, and to respect the universal rights of their people," the White House said in a statement.

"We urge the government of Bahrain to pursue a peaceful and meaningful dialogue with the opposition rather than resorting to the use of force."

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Eric Beech)