Bahrain Declines U.S. Mediation Offer

November 28, 2011

Bahrain’s foreign minister has turned down an offer from a US diplomat to mediate between Al Wefaq, the largest opposition society, and the government. “I have rejected the idea that a US diplomat mediate between the government of Bahrain and Al Wefaq Movement because communication channels are open to all parties,” Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa said on Sunday in an interview.

Shaikh Khalid did not name the diplomat or specify when the offer was made. A national dialogue to help heal deep social and political wounds in July was also dismissed by Al Wefaq after the group said that it needed a greater representation at the talks and a greater say in the issues.

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