Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa
Bahrain National Dialogue starts on Sunday
Manama, February 5, 2013
Bahrain's national multi-party political dialogue will start on Sunday, Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa announced.
This came as he met yesterday (February 4) heads and representatives of the six political societies - the National Brotherhood Society (Ekhaa), National Democratic Action Society (Waad), National Democratic Assembly Society (Al Qawmi), Unity Democratic Gathering Society (Wahdawy), Democratic Progressive Tribune (Al Taqadumy) and Al Wefaq National Islamic Society, said a report in our sister publication, the Gulf Daily News.
The minister held a similar meeting with the heads and representatives of the coalition of national political societies.
These include National Action Charter Society, Al Menbar National Islamic Society, Al Asala Islamic Society, National Unity Assembly, Al Wasat Arab Islamic Society, National Constitutional Assembly, National Dialogue and Al Saf Islamic Society
The ministry has started sending invitations to concerned parties to attend the dialogue.
Opposition groups have shown "encouraging" signs that they will do everything in their power to help end Bahrain's political stalemate, Shaikh Khalid said.
"From what I can say based on my meetings with political societies, I am optimistic and the messages from these societies are encouraging," he said during a Press conference at the ministry's headquarters in Diplomatic Area.
Shaikh Khalid made the comments following a meeting with members from the Coalition of Opposition Groups, headed by Al Wefaq National Islamic Society and the National Alliance of Political Societies, led by the National Unity Assembly (NUA).
"The political societies understand the call for the dialogue and have shown significant desire to be part of the process," he said.
"They have clearly agreed on certain principles such as rejection of all forms of violence. The aim here is to pave the way for dialogue and ensure its success."
Shaikh Khalid said Bahrain's "open door" policy to continue dialogue showed the government's seriousness in ending the political stalemate.
"We face a situation where consensus building is necessary," he said. "To solve differences we have a dialogue, which in this case is an internal affair, without any foreign intervention."
Shaikh Khalid said now was the right time for Bahrain to pick up from the first round of National Dialogue in July 2011.
He explained the four key participants included the government, legislative authority, members from coalition and members from the alliance representing its political societies.
"We will participate in all the discussions meant to reach a common ground that is vital for all parties," said Shaikh Khalid.
"There is no exclusion, but we cannot stop anyone from excluding themselves from the talks," said Shaikh Khalid, referring to the decision by the National Justice Movement (Al Adala) to distance themselves from the talks.
He concluded recommendations finalised during the talks will be implemented by legislation or constitutional amendments. "The ceiling for the talks is consensus," he said. – TradeArabia News Service
More Government & Laws Stories
- GCC airlines defend female cabin crew policies
- Saudi names Brotherhood as terrorist group
- Qatar outraged over terror claims
- Bahrain PM condemns exploitation of children
- Qatar will not alter foreign policy: source
- Bahrain accuses Iran of fomenting trouble
- 'Put security before rights' in Bahrain: publisher
- 'Hizbollah trained Daih blast suspect'
- Key terror blast suspects named in Bahrain
- $2.6m Royal Fund for martyrs set up
- Bahrain to draw up new anti-terror laws
- GCC ROW: Qatar voices surprise over envoys pull out
- GCC tobacco tax rise ‘will fuel illicit trade’
- Saudi, UAE, Bahrain withdraw envoys from Qatar
- Bahrain explosion draws global condemnation
- GDN photographer hurt in blast is discharged
- Iran playing increasing role in Bahrain unrest
- Bahrain launches 6-point plan to fight terror
- Sisi gives sign he will run for president
- New Saudi clamp on energy drinks
- Health insurance must for Saudi visa
- Qatari doctor gets 7 years jail in UAE
- Family violence law articles approved in Bahrain
- Credit card thief jailed in Bahrain
- GDN photographer hurt in Bahrain explosion
- Bahrain King orders crackdown on terrorists
- Bahrain's 4-year development plan on track
- Bahrain authorities warn of rogue labour camps
- Experts draw 'startling comparisons' in explosives
- Bahrain reforms 'far exceed recommendations'