Thousands of Bahraini anti-government protesters chant slogans as they wave national flags during a march in Diraz, Bahrain, on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.
Thousands of Bahraini anti-government protesters chant slogans as they wave national flags during a march in Diraz, Bahrain, on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.

Members of Bahrain's political opposition said they have held additional talks with the government in a further step toward reconciliation in the strategic Gulf island nation.

A representative from the main opposition bloc al-Wefaq "Jameel Kadhem" said  the groups met today with the royal court minister, Sheik Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa. Kadhem expressed hope for a "new start" to stalled national dialogue talks that would achieve a political solution to ongoing unrest.

Government officials had no immediate comment.

The country began protesting in early 2011 seeking greater political rights. More than 65 people have died in the unrest.

Tuesday's meeting follows talks last week between Bahrain's crown prince and opposition leaders.

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