Bahrain opposition accepts Kuwait’s offer to mediate

MANAMA - Bahrain’s opposition group Wefaq has accepted Kuwait’s offer to mediate in talks with Bahrain’s government to end a political crisis gripping the region, a member of Wefaq said on Sunday.

By (Reuters)

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Published: Sun 27 Mar 2011, 3:05 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 9:25 AM

Jasim Husain, a member of Wefaq, said Kuwait’s Amir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah has offered to mediate between Bahrain’s ruling family and opposition groups.

“We welcome the idea of bringing in an outside element,” Husain said.

He said that Wefaq’s had no conditions for entering mediation talks but the presence of foreign troops in Bahrain would be a thorny matter in the discussions.

Wefaq and its six allies said last week they would not enter talks offered by Bahrain’s Crown Prince unless the government pulled troops off the streets and freed prisoners.

Husain said talks must be based on issues outlined by Bahrain’s Crown Prince Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa before Gulf state troops entered Bahrain. These include an elected government and reform of electoral districts that the opposition says were cut to ensure the majority in parliament.

“The fear is that the results (of mediation) may not be acceptable to the opposition or that they can’t be sold to the public,” said Husain.

Kuwait has sent navy vessels to Bahrain under a Gulf security pact to patrol its Northern coast line.

A Wefaq delegation is set to meet Kuwaiti politicians including Parliament Speaker Jassem Al Kharafi, Kuwaiti daily Al Seyassah said on Sunday citing unnamed political sources.


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