Obama urges restraint in calls to Saudis, Bahrain

WASHINGTON, March 16 Wed Mar 16, 2011 2:04pm EDT

WASHINGTON, March 16 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama called the kings of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and urged them to exercise "maximum restraint" with protesters and to pursue political dialogue, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Wednesday.

"The president expressed his deep concern over the violence in Bahrain and stressed the need for maximum restraint," Carney told reporters.

(Reporting by Paul Eckert; Editing by Will Dunham)

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