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Talks with opposition in Bahrain may have positive results

Politics Materials 7 July 2011 17:10

Azerbaijan, Baku, July 7 / Trend A. Tagiyeva /

All political and religious forces in the country are taking part in a dialogue with the opposition in Bahrain. The dialogue may lead to positive results, Bahraini newspaper Akhbar Khaleej Deputy Editor Sayyed Zahra said.

"About 300 representatives of all political and religious organizations in the country participate in the dialogue," Zahra told Trend over phone from Manama. "This dialogue will give a positive result."

The negotiations began with the opposition in Bahrain yesterday after four months of protests against the regime.

The dialogue became possible after the largest opposition Shia party Al-Vefak agreed to begin consultations with representatives of the Sunni ruling elite.

The expert said the dialogue will be an important step to resolve the political crisis and the beginning of social and political reforms.

"Most opposition participants in the dialogue plan to reach an agreement with the government," he added. "This dialogue is a serious chance for the Shiite opposition to voice requirements to the authorities."

Zahra said all the issues that the opposition and the authorities cannot agree upon will be submitted for the political leadership's consideration.

The large-scale protests have been held against the ruling regime in Bahrain since mid-February.

The family of Bahrain's King Hamid al-Khalifa and his entourage are Sunni Muslims, and most of the population of this state are Shiites.

Many think Shias do not participate in governing the state.

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