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Topic - Jawad Fairoz
Leaders of Bahrain's top Shiite opposition bloc and a senior minister from the Sunni-dominated government met secretly this month to discuss resuming formal talks between the sides, The Washington Times has learned.
Bahrain on Sunday released more than 100 prisoners, including two former opposition members of parliament, arrested during the Sunni government's crackdown on the predominantly Shiite protests inspired by the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt.
Senior members of Bahrain's largest opposition party told The Washington Times on Thursday that they were cautiously optimistic about upcoming talks with the government after it took several confidence-building measures.
"If we notice that there is serious will by the government to have a dialogue and that the main things we demanded will be put on the agenda ... we will welcome such a serious dialogue," said Jawad Fairoz, one of two former Wefaq lawmakers who was jailed during last year's unrest.