Bahrain opposition meets to calm sectarian tensions

March 9, 2011 18:02

MANAMA - Bahrain's Sunni and Shi'ite Muslim opposition groups met to try to curb sectarian tensions that have escalated into street fights after weeks of protests aimed at bringing down the government.

"The two sides agreed that political disagreements... must not turn into a sectarian dispute," the seven parties said in a statement.

"(They agreed) to establish a mechanism for direct contact between the two sides to face any violations that might happen at street level and resolve them immediately," said the statement, published in Bahrain's independent Al Wasat newspaper.

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