A new group backed by Bahrain's crown prince says it hopes to bridge divides in a nation wracked by 16 months of unrest between the ruling Sunni monarchy and Shiite-led protesters.
The move appears to be an attempt by Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa to revive his role as a possible mediator in the Gulf kingdom's deepening crisis.
Bahrain's leadership is under heavy pressure from the U.S. and other Western allies to restart talks with the majority Shiites seeking a greater political voice.
Officials at the opening Tuesday of the Bahrain Foundation for Reconciliation and Civil Discourse said it seeks to bring all sides together to try for reconciliation.
Main Shiite groups say they are ready to resume dialogue but claim the monarchy is unwilling to make serious concessions.