President Barack Obama condemned reports of harsh responses to protests in Bahrain, Libya and Yemen, calling on governments of those countries to show restraint, newswires reported on Friday.
In addressing the actions of nations where the United States has delicate relationships and vital interests, Obama chose his words carefully.
"I am deeply concerned by reports of violence in Bahrain, Libya and Yemen. The United States condemns the use of violence against peaceful protesters in those countries, and wherever else it may occur."
He expressed condolences to the families of those killed.
White House press secretary Jay Carney read the president's statement to reporters traveling with the president on Air Force One from California to Oregon on a trip to highlight high technology.