February 18, 2011 / 5:52 PM / 9 years ago

Obama "concerned" by Bahrain, Libya, Yemen violence

U.S. President Barack Obama responds to a question during a news conference at the White House in Washington February 15, 2011. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - President Barack Obama urged the governments of Bahrain, Libya and Yemen on Friday to show restraint in dealing with protests that have erupted in their countries.

“I am deeply concerned by reports of violence in Bahrain, Libya and Yemen. The United States condemns the use of violence by governments against peaceful protesters in those countries, and wherever else it may occur,” the president said in a statement read to reporters by White House press secretary Jay Carney.

“The United States urges the governments of Bahrain, Libya and Yemen to show restraint in responding to peaceful protests and to respect the rights of their people,” Obama said.

Reporting by Matt Spetalnick, editing by Alister Bull

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