Bahrain's King urges Arab summit to tackle unrest

AP , Thursday 27 Jan 2011

Bahrain proposes an Arab summit to discuss growing unrest in the region

Bahrain's king is calling for an Arab summit to discuss efforts to calm the region amid widening protests inspired by the toppling of Tunisia's iron-rule regime.

The state-run Bahrain News Agency says King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa urged the emergency Arab meeting in a telephone call with President Hosni Mubarak.

The agency's report said Thursday that the king pledged support for Mubarak, a key Western ally who has faced ongoing street protests demanding an end to his nearly 30-year rule.

Major anti-government demonstrations also have broken out in Yemen. Bahrain is among the most volatile nations in the Gulf. Last year, majority Shias staged widespread riots after a security crackdown by Sunni rulers.

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