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Jay Carney says vacationing Obama welcomes new democratic dialogue in Bahrain

Obama walks to Marine One for the flight to Camp David 7-1-11 for the holiday weekend off

President Obama is off on another weekend vacation with his family at Camp David today for the July 4 holiday.

So his press secretary, Jay Carney, issued the following statement for him about developments in Bahrain. This time it wasn't the usual warning, but an expression of welcome:

Jay Carney statement on what President Obama thinks about Bahrain, as provided by the White House

President Obama welcomes the launch of the National Dialogue in Bahrain, which represents an important moment of promise for the people of Bahrain. 

The United States commends King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa for his leadership in initiating the dialogue. We also commend the decision by Al Wifaq, Bahrain's largest opposition group, to join the dialogue. 

We urge all Bahrainis to seize this opportunity to forge a more just future together. It is important that government and political leaders create a positive atmosphere to help promote a successful dialogue process. 

The United States also welcomes the formation of a commission of inquiry to investigate and report on events connected with the unrest of recent months. By providing an independent assessment of what happened and identifying those responsible, the Royal Commission will play an essential role in advancing reconciliation, justice, and peace in Bahrain.

As a long-standing partner of Bahrain, the United States continues to believe that Bahrain's stability will be enhanced by respecting the universal rights of the people of Bahrain and reforms that meet the aspirations of all Bahrainis.    ####

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Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images (Obama walks to Marine One helicopter for weekend vacation at Camp David, Friday).

 
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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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