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Topic - Ali Salman
Envoys from the U.S. and other countries are acting as intermediaries with the Gulf nation's rulers in attempts to ease 21 months of unrest, the head of Bahrain's main opposition group said Sunday.
The leader of Bahrain's largest opposition party Wednesday confirmed that senior officials had engaged in informal contacts with the government, following a Washington Times report about a secret meeting.
The leader of this island kingdom's largest opposition party says that a future, democratic Middle East would eliminate the need for the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf.
A well-known pro-government Shiite cleric plans to launch a new party in an uphill battle against the political opposition in this tiny, but strategic, island kingdom.
A well-known pro-government Shiite cleric plans to launch a new party in an uphill battle against the tiny island kingdom's opposition establishment.
Just days before Bahrain's Sunni rulers hope to open talks with the Shiite opposition they crushed, the country's most powerful pro-reform bloc is asking supporters a pivotal question: whether to join or snub the dialogue.
Bahrain's Shiite Muslim opposition on Wednesday demanded that the Saudi-led military force helping to put down protests leave the country immediately.
Protesters demanding sweeping political reforms from Bahrain's rulers held their ground Wednesday in an Egypt-style occupation of the capital's landmark square, staging a third day of demonstrations that have brought unprecedented pressure in one of Washington's most strategic allies in the Gulf.
Salman told The Associated Press that American envoys and others are serving as "indirect mediators through meetings with the opposition and the (government) authorities ...
"We welcome and will cooperate with any mediator: American, European, regional. It doesn't matter," he said. "We need to solve the issue in Bahrain."