Barack Obama backs Bahrain king's pledge to reform

US President Barack Obama has expressed his support for the King of Bahrain's affirmed commitment to reform.

Mr Obama welcomed a cabinet reshuffle by King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa in which four ministers, including two royal family members, were replaced.

The move followed two weeks of Shia protests against the Sunni-led regime.

President Obama said he supported a national dialogue initiative led by Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa in Bahrain.

He urged that the process should be inclusive, non-sectarian and responsive to the people of the Gulf Kingdom.

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