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The United States warned Gulf states on Monday to respect the rights of the people of Bahrain, after troops from nations including Saudi Arabia crossed into the violence-wracked kingdom.

National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said that the White House was aware that Saudi Arabia had sent security forces to Bahrain and that other Gulf Cooperation Council nations were also planning such steps.

“We urge our GCC 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,” Vietor said.

“We urge calm and restraint on all sides and call on all parties to seize immediately the invitation to dialogue and ensure that there is a peaceful process of democratic change that benefits all of Bahrain’s citizens.”

Vietor also condemned violence in Manama on Sunday and said the White House was concerned that some violence was instigated by demonstrators.

More than 1,000 Saudi troops have entered Bahrain where anti-regime protests have raged for a month, a Saudi official said Monday, as demonstrators took over Manama’s central business district.

Pro-democracy protesters poured into the banking hub, witnesses said, as Saudi forces appeared poised to help the embattled government restore order in the strategic Gulf kingdom, home to the US Fifth Fleet.

 

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