Thousands return in Bahrain after police, troops vacate area.
Earlier: Obama reiterates “condemnation of the violence used against peaceful protesters” in phone call with King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, urges more restraint.
THE WHITE HOUSE
February 18, 2011
Readout of President Obama’s call with the King of Bahrain
President Obama spoke with King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain this evening to discuss the ongoing situation in Bahrain. The President reiterated his condemnation of the violence used against peaceful protesters, and strongly urged the government of Bahrain to show restraint, and to hold those responsible for the violence accountable. As a long-standing partner of Bahrain, the President said that the United States believes that the stability of Bahrain depends upon respect for the universal rights of the people of Bahrain, and a process of meaningful reform that is responsive to the aspirations of all Bahrainis.