The first session of the National Dialogue

February 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

Yesterday, Bahrainis from across the political spectrum came together to resume the National Dialogue that began in July 2011 aimed at achieving consensus on reforms to address the ongoing political situation in Bahrain. After several missed opportunities, I am hopeful that all political actors in Bahrain will come together for the betterment of our country.

In the first session of the dialogue, a number of political societies offered proposals for political reform and the assembled delegates agreed to meet on twice a week to continue the discussion.

Achieving consensus among all Bahrainis continues to be an urgent priority. Unlike how it is sometimes represented in the American press, the current situation in Bahrain does not simply reflect a binary choice between the government and the opposition. Bahrain’s vibrant civil society transcends the divisions that have been assigned to it and the viewpoints of each of these groups must be incorporated for the future of our country.

The Dialogue’s next session will take place on Wednesday at 4pm local time and I am eager to see what progress they make at that time.

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