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Bahrain said on Monday it had asked for support under a Gulf defense pact, a day after mainly Shi’ite protesters overran police and blocked roads. Some 1,000 Saudi soldiers entered Bahrain to protect government facilities, according to a Saudi official source.

“We discussed this and expressed great concern about the fact that for the first time probably in the recent history of that region, neighbors have decided to send armed forces to sustain the king of Bahrain,” Frattini told reporters after G8 talks.