The conflict between Bahrain's ruling Khalifa dynasty and the opposition, which is demanding reform, has intensified. There have been violent clashes and the government has arrested opposition figures and imposed a curfew.
HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur spoke to Jamal Fakhro, vice chairman of Bahrain's Shura Council and in the studio, Saeed Shehabi, leader of a Bahraini opposition group in London.
Mr Shehabi said there is no Shia-Sunni confrontation in Bahrain.
You can watch the full discussion on BBC World News on Thursday 17 March 2011 at 0430, 0930, and 1530 GMT and on BBC News Channel at 0430.
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