Obama urged to press Saudis to help end Bahrain crisis

Bahraini protesters run for cover from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes on March 3, 2014 in the western village of DaihA group of rights activists and analysts called on US President Barack Obama Monday to press Saudi Arabia to help end the political crisis in its neighbor Bahrain. The oil-rich Gulf kingdom has “significant influence” in Bahrain where “lasting stability can only be achieved by genuine reform,” the group of almost 30 people wrote in a letter to the American leader. The group — including experts from some of Washington’s most influential think tanks — urged Obama to “seek to enlist the Saudis in an approach that can end the political crisis and the violence that afflict Bahrain” during his upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia later this month.

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