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WASHINGTON: Bahrain must carry out political reforms immediately, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in comments aired Sunday in which she blasted as unacceptable any violence by the Gulf kingdom’s security forces.

“Bahrain had started on some reform and we want to see them get back to that as quickly as possible,” Clinton told ABC’s “This Week” program.

Washington has insisted that oil-rich Bahrain, a small but strategic US ally in the Gulf region, begin carrying out meaningful reforms.

But Clinton insisted President Barack Obama’s administration was not interfering in the kingdom’s internal affairs, stressing that Washington “cannot tell countries what they are going to do.”

And yet she firmly stated that violence against anti-regime protesters “is absolutely unacceptable.” “We very much want to see the human rights of the people protected, including right to assemble, right to express themselves, and we want to see reform,” she said in an interview conducted Friday.

Original Posted: http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/20/bahrain-must-reform-now-says-clinton.html

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